Whitman students receive donated bikes
BY ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Students at Whitman Elementary School excitedly took in the sight of shiny new bicycles -- each accesorized with a safety helmet and the name of its new owner -- on Thursday.
Second-grader Morgan Reed celebrated her prize in true championship fashion, pumping her fists into the air above her head.
“I don’t know how to ride a bike, but my grandma will teach me,” said the 7-year-old, whose bike was already set for lessons by being outfitted with training wheels.
Bikes for Tykes of Tulsa, a nonprofit organization operated entirely by volunteers and with donated funds, selected Whitman in its push to distribute about 800 new bicycles to local kids by the end of the year.
Bikes for Tykes’ Thursday delivery at Whitman included the 44 bikes distributed immediately, plus six others that Principal Elaine Buxton can award as attendance incentive prizes in the coming months.
“This means the world to our school,” she said. “We would not be able to supply the extra needs of our students without our partners.”
Read more on this story in Friday's Tulsa World.
Morgan Reed is thrilled Thursday with her new bike, which was donated by Bikes for Tykes to 44 students at Whitman Elementary School. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World