In 2016 Katie Blomquist was a teacher at Pepperhill Elementary in North Charleston when a student named Jawan told her he was hoping for a bike for his birthday, but doubted he would get it because none of his older siblings had ever gotten one. She wished she could buy him a bike, but that wasn’t possible on a teacher’s salary. Katie looked around the school and realized there were lots of kids in that school who probably would never get a bike. So she started a gofundme account. In 2017 she left her teaching job to run that charity full time.
The students at Mt. Zion Elementary School on Johns Island, South Carolina were treated to new bicycles thanks to the nonprofit Going Places. They donated 300 bikes to the boys and girls at the Title 1 school. In order to become a Title 1 school a minnimum of 40 percent of the students have to come from low income families. At Mt Xion 77percent are below the national poverty level.
Student Michael Meyers had never even ridden a bicycle before, so he learned at school that day. And after a few tries, he had the hang of it. “It’s awesome, I love it!”