Children Ride for a Cause

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Winston County Head Start and the Louisville Police Department try to instill safety in the young children's minds, as they participate in the annual St. Jude Trike-A-Thon.

"At the Louisville Police Department, we value the opportunity to interact with members of the community as young as possible because they are in the developmental stage," said Chief L.M. Claiborne. "The event here this morning is a fundraiser that our local Head Start does every year and we assist them any way we can in all of their programs. But we particularly enjoy this one. We get to cover bike safety with all of our young citizens that ride bikes at home on a daily basis."

The children have been raising money all week for for St. Jude and Friday, they were finally able to hit the pavement and have fun.

Head Start coordinators say these children, while still too young for even kindergarten, are responsible for raising the bulk of the money given to St. Jude.

"This is a teaching tool for our children," said Mattie Cooper of Winston County Head Start. "It teaches them how to help others."

"We've been doing this for five years and we've raised over $15,000.00," said Irene Smith of Winston County Head Start. "And believe it or not, our students donate the highest amount of money. But we've had activities planned all week and we just had a great time."

While the kids enjoyed riding in high fashion with windmills twirling and coke cans tailing, the money they raised allowed a child too sick to ride a bike have the opportunity to one day do the same.

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