Weekly roundup: Free bikes for Tustin USD third-graders, a social media threat, and more

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“You get a bike, you get a bike, you get a bike!”

This was the surprise that nearly 150 Tustin Unified third-graders learned during an assembly on Friday, Dec. 13.

Expecting to hear that only six bikes would be given away as prizes for a recent essay contest, students at Beswick and Heideman elementary schools were shocked to learn that each of them would receive a new bicycle and helmet, courtesy of the Dirtbag Mountain Biking Club in Aliso Viejo and San Diego non-profit “Bikes for Kids.”

But this is not the first time Bikes for Kids has surprised TUSD students. This marks the sixth straight year the foundation paid has paid a visit to Tustin Unified elementary schools and stunned local third-graders with new bicycles.

The Orange County Register has a great read on the surprise with lots of photos.

Here are some of the other stories we are tracking this week.

  • A vague and viral TikTok trend warning of nationwide school violence on Friday — which authorities have dismissed as non-credible — has prompted schools in multiple states, including here in Orange County, to increase police presence on campuses out of an abundance of caution.
  • Teacher candidates in California are being given more time to complete tests required to earn a teaching credential, as noted in the July state budget trailer bill which extended the testing deadline until Dec. 31.
  • The Orange County Board of Education is set to select its fifth member this Tuesday after the resignation of Tim Shaw last month, restoring the board to its full representation.
  • All sixth grade students from Travis Ranch School in the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District are taking classes from home this week after numerous students tested positive for COVID-19, reports the Orange County Register.

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