The 4-year olds at New Vision Ministries School did not have to wait until after school to ride their bicycles.
The school held a trike-a-thon to raise money to benefit St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital.
While the 16 children raised money for each lap they made, most of the money came from flat-out donations.
â€œWeâ€™re just going to ride,â€ said Stacy Angle, who is a teacher at the school. â€œThey know they are going to help other children.â€
Angle said the students have raised over $500.
All this week, the kids talked about St. Judeâ€™s and the children and families they help.
Angle and other teachers set up the circular bike track in the parking lot, complete with stop and street signs.
Students were ready to zoom past Hugwell Circle, St. Jude Place, Teddy Bear Drive and Honey Comb Walk, but were informed of the bikeriding rules before they could start.
Alex Emerson is an old pro at safety and riding, though he was more excited about going to a football game tonight.
â€œI ride my bike everyday,â€ he said.
Adam Vanghn could not wait to start riding his bike, but knew he should be safe too.
â€œMine is real fast, like a race car,â€ he said. â€œIf you want to ride a big bicycle you got to wear a helmet.â€
The biggest bike, however, was their teacherâ€™s, though Angle said the kids were quick to point out that she didnâ€™t have a helmet.
After getting their exercise on the track, Angle and the kids know their efforts will go to a good cause.
â€œHopefully, this will cheer people up to see how hard the kids worked,â€ she said.
by Mary Williams