Christmas came early for 30 Boones Creek Elementary School students who were the top earners in a schoolwide walk-a-thon at the beginning of the school year.
Academy Sports + Outdoors and RecDirect teamed up to donate 30 bicycles and helmets to the students, who gathered in the gym at Boones Creek Elementary Monday afternoon to have a peek at their new, one-of-a-kind bikes as a reward for earning the most donations at the school’s fundraising walk-a-thon in August.
The excitement was palpable in the gym as the students eyed their new bounty, and several students climbed on the bikes to try them out.
The bikes were donated through Academy’s 16-year bike donation program, where the store donates more than $250,000 worth in youth bicycles and helmets to more than 5,000 students in their 16-state footprint based on things like academic performance, perfect attendance and good behavior.
Altogether, students raised more than $5,000 through the walk-a-thon, and Principal J.W. McKinney said one student raised more than $1,000. The fundraiser will help the school get an updated computer lab and get Chromebooks for students to replace outdated computers and operating systems.
“As soon as you buy something, the next thing will be out in a year,” McKinney said. “Programs evolve, we’ve already evolved out of Windows XP, so we’ve been working on slowly replacing those machines with Chromebooks and Windows 10 machines.
“You hear (Washington County Director of Schools Kimber) Halliburton often talk about to commission members and school board members about the technology programs that she’s instituting, those programs are super important to our school systems to keep up with.”
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