SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of deserving children received brand new bicycles today. 22News was there to see the kids happy faces as they ran towards their new bike.
The second annual bikes for kids initiative was held at the Basketball Hall of Fall in Springfield Saturday for some hard working third graders from the cities public schools. These greatly committed kids were randomly picked from a pool of 5 from their guidance counselors who submitted their names. The best part was they had no idea about getting a new bike and helmet.
Denise Jordan, Chief of Staff of Springfield, told 22News, “They think they are coming here for a workshop and a basketball clinic, we have some young ladies from the University of Connecticut basketball team to do a workshop, their going to have lunch, than tour the museum.”
The hardest part was keeping this all a secret.
Katharine Chaney-Jones, Board of Foundation of Life, told 22News, “But to surprise them and to come out and see that they are going to walk away with a bike and a helmet the hardest part of course is trying to keep the secret because their parents are dying to tell their kids.”
After their great commitment to education and their character the students were rewarded, in front of their family and friends, as a result about 30 kids got a new bike.
22News got to talk to one third grader who did not see this coming. Lauren Urquhart, 3rd grader, told 22News, “I was really happy and surprised!”
Even grandma was there to witness her well deserved gift. Alice Urquhart told 22News, “So surprised and so happy she got picked its a great occasion.”
The kids took some time to give their new bike a ride after.