Ten-year-old Rylei Young, who will be a fifth grader at DeVeaux Elementary this fall, got a surprise when she walked into Wersell's Bike Shop on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 20.
Waiting for her there was teacher Jeanne Dotson, who had nominated Rylei to receive a free bike through the Bikes for Kids program sponsored by the Charles E. Boyk Law Offices because of her kindness this past school year to a classmate who has autism.
Ms. Dotson's nomination read: “Rylei deserves a new bike because she is the most helpful young lady! I have an autistic student in my classroom and Rylei has taken him under her wing. She makes an effort at recess to include him in activities."
The teacher added: "While on field trips, she helps to look after him and often will be his partner to help him out. I can think of no other student who would be more deserving of a new, surprise bike!.”
The Bikes for Kids program provides one bicycle to a deserving child each week of summer, from June 13th to August 22nd. Bikes for Kids is asking parents, teachers, caregivers, and loved ones to recognize a child who has made a difference in the life of someone else by nominating them to receive a free bicycle from Wersell’s Bike Shop, compliments of Boyk Law.
Wersell’s donates a helmet and a lock to each winner. While there are no specific guidelines on what makes a nominee deserving of a new bike, we encourage nominators to think about any kind things that the child has done for others, or how the child has positively impacted his or her family, friends, community, or classroom.