Charity surprises Orlando students with new bikes

4th-graders thought they were attending assembly on bike safety

ORLANDO, Fla. - Nineteen fourth-graders at Pineloch Elementary School can't drive, but they do have a set of new wheels.

A Gift for Teaching, a local charity, and David's World Cycle donated brand new bikes at the end of an assembly on bike safety.

The winning class' teacher was invited to enter a raffle after she came to A Gift for Teaching to seek out supplies and extras to enhance her students' classroom experience. The organization says Sophia Rodriguez-Phillips showed a commitment to her students and they wanted to reward them both.

Most of the students at Pineloch are on free or reduced lunch and many have never had a bike or know how to ride. Their expressions when the curtain was lifted and their teacher told them the bikes were theirs was priceless.

"It's the best day of my life," said Samuel Zimero.

"It makes them feel unique and special to know that just out of the blue there are people that really care," said Rodriguez-Phillips.

The bikes were complete with helmets and locks, and the total contribution was more than $6,000.

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