A community comes together for the students
Katie Blomquist, an Elementary School teacher in North Charleston, South Carolina recognized a need for the students of Pepperhill Elementary. Blomquist set out to get each student at Pepperhill a brand new bike. To raise the money, she was going to need help. She set up a GoFundMe account, with a goal of raising $65,000. Within three months, something amazing happened. Over 1,000 people from the United States, Australia, and France took to the cause and donated over $80,000.
“It was actual people who gave actual, hard-earned money to [the students] to spread some joy … I hope that they take that feeling and they then, in turn, give back one day,” Blomquist told ABC News.
A global community came together and bought 650 students at Pepperhill Elementary new bikes.
What brought this need to light?
Pepperhill Elementary is a Title I school, with many families who can’t afford bikes for their children. After walking a Kindergarten student home, uphill for 30 minutes, Blomquist decided that something needed to change. To her, the bikes represented something greater:
“This is a chance for them to truly own something of value.”
Blomquist teamed up with a local bike shop, Affordabike. For seven months, she helped custom design the bikes, picking colors and even giving the set of bikes a name: “The future. Let’s go places“. Every student also received a helmet and a matching bike lock.
More and more teachers are taking the initiative to make a change in their classrooms and schools. To help support other teachers and student advocates like Katie, visit DonorsChoose.org and donate to any of the wonderful causes.
For more information about Katie Blomquist and her amazing story visit the following link: ABC News – Teacher raises $80K for bikes for elementary school’s entire student body