POSTED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 7:22pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Some kids were rewarded for good grades and hard work Wednesday at Park Elementary. They walked into school Wednesday morning with no idea they would be riding out with brand new bikes. The Universal Surveillance Systems Foundation has been traveling across the country giving these bikes to deserving children, with hopes they will motivate them to strive for excellence and success in their lives.
"He earned it so I’m proud of him," said Tamilera Clark, who is the mother of a student at Park Elementary. Tamilera Clarks’ son, Harlis, is one of a hundred elementary students who had no idea Christmas would come a little early at school Wednesday, all thanks to the USS Foundation.
"The love and the hugs for a lot of them this is the first real bike they have ever had so they are excited and well deserved opportunity for them to get a really cool gift," said Rod Holm, the Sr. Vice President for USS. Bikes are being given away at seven hand picked schools across the country, to reward top performing students in low income areas.
“A lot of these kids come with a lot of baggage but come to school w the same expectations as other kids so we do our best to make sure they have everything they need to be successful," says Jessica Brister, the Principal at Park.
And now Tamilera won’t have to worry about what Harlis asked for this year. "He will have a wonderful Christmas now because that was one of the most expensive gifts that he had asked for," says Clark. “I’m excited because I lost my other bike,” said Harlis Clark about his new bike.
And students like Mkayala Flowers who strive in academics but have struggles at home, appreciate this gift even more. ”She lost her mother October, 3 2012 and I am here to support her, she's a straight a student at park," said Mkayala’s Cousin.
Now students at Park Elementary are more than excited to go home and do their homework with a smile on their face. So they can take their brand new bikes for a ride.
Those parents that attended the assembly got to take their bike home right away and the others took them home at the end of the school day. The USS Foundation is also making stops in Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and New York.