Tikes Ride Their Trikes For Charity

Students learn about bike safety and raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Preschoolers at turned laps on their trikes in the gymnasium in an effort to learn about bike safety and raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The students in the 3-day and 5-day preschool classes showed off their riding skills Monday morning by going through the small obstacle course–and avoiding each other–set up by parent volunteers.

A Bridgeville police officer spoke to the children before their ride and preached to them the importance of wearing helmets, staying out of the street, and watching for cars.

Sister Barbara Anne Quinn said some of the children also had sponsors for the ride to raise money for St. Jude’s.

“Their aim is to help the kids raise funds for the children who are sick (at St. Jude),” Quinn said.

But the obstacle course was the fun part. The parents who set it up had to hastily set it up in the morning because of rain that washed out original plans to put it in the .

The two classes each rode around for about 15 minutes as their doting parents watched from a stage or just inside the course. There was a little bit of bumper-to-bumper traffic as some of the tikes tried to peddle faster than others.

“It’s a gridlock out there,” one parent said to another.

This was the first year the school organized a Trike-A-Thon for the students.

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