Contact: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
BIKES FOR KIDS INITIATIVE TO SURPRISE 160 SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL FOURTH GRADERS WITH NEW BIKES
Who: Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Superintendent Daniel Warwick, Chief of Staff Denise Jordan and Katharine Chaney-Jones, Foundation for Life Board Member
What: Bikes for Kids initiative
Where: Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 Hall of Fame Ave, Springfield, MA 01105
When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Please do not publish this in advance as it is a surprise for the participating kids. Note the attached agenda
May 15, 2014 -Springfield, MA- The Summer of 2014 will get off to an unforgettable start for 160 lucky elementary school students when they are surprised with a shiny new bike and helmet during an event taking place Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:30 at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The unsuspecting kids think they are special guests for a morning of fun and excitement. They have no idea the fun and games are merely a prelude to the real reason they are all being assembled. The students selected to receive the bikes have been chosen by their school administrators based on their character and commitment to education.
The Bikes for Kids initiative is a partnership between The City of Springfield, Foundation for Life, Basketball Hall of Fame and Barnum Financial Group. Spearheaded by the Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, the initiative received an outpouring of support from the community willing to sponsor a bike and helmet for the cause.
“Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated “This is really great initiative that brings together public and private organizations to brighten the day of some of our outstanding kids.”
Sarno credited Chief of Staff Denise Jordan for bringing the initiative forward. Jordan, who worked closely with Springfield Public School administrators to organize the effort, said the business community, non-profit agencies and other organizations really embraced the initiative by raising over $10,000, enough to purchase 160 bikes and helmets.
“This was truly a labor of love and the willingness of the sponsors to donate was overwhelming. I would really like to thank all of the guidance counselors and school administrators for assisting in submitting the names of the lucky kids, stated Chief of Staff Denise Jordan.”
Superintendent of Schools Daniel J. Warwick said he was “thrilled for the lucky students” and pointed out the importance of meeting the needs of the whole child as and educational system.
“That is what makes this initiative so wonderful for our kids,” said Warwick. “It ties something fun and recreational to education and school; the element of surprise is really the icing on the cake.”
Warwick thanked the Mayor’s Office and all of the supporters behind the initiative. “This would not have happened if not for them,” he said.
Katharine Chaney-Jones, Foundation for Life Board Member states that “The mission of the Foundation for life is to improve the quality of life for the people and families we serve through actions that promote change and deepen connections within our community. Through the Bikes for Kids program, we give children the freedom to explore their communities while helping them to stay active and promoting a healthy lifestyle.”