Academy Teams Up to Reward ‘Hard Working Wildcats’ in Rogers


Christmas came early today for some lucky students at Old Wire Elementary in Rogers.

Thirty bikes were given away to students in an assembly, teaching them that hard work truly does pay off.
Friday morning, students headed into the cafeteria for a special surprise. As soon as they walked in, most students knew something was up.

“I was really really amazed,” second grader Harvey Gale said. “I was like, how many bikes are there!”

Thanks to a donation from Academy Sports, 30 ‘hard-working Wildcats’ went home with a new bike.

The students were hand-picked based on need and their response to a writing assignment about needing a new bike.

“This is part of our plan as a building to prepare our students for the future, for them to understand that hardworking pays off,” said Old Wire Elementary Principal Shana Maxey.

Gale wrote that if given a new bicycle, he’d give his little brother his old one.

“I thought it was really amazing, because I didn’t know if my name was going to be called or not!”

Second grader Johanna Serrano didn’t expect her name to be called, either. She gave her old bike away to someone less fortunate.

“I heard her asking her mom if she could have it, cause she didn’t have one,” Serrano said. “So we just gave it to her the bike for free.”

Among the stories of sharing and compassion, there were also stories of struggle.

Maxey described the situations some of her students face, such as living in poverty and in untraditional households.

According to Maxey, 85% of her students live in poverty, so seeing their faces light up was a moment she’ll always cherish.

“Absolutely amazing to see the excitement, and just the joy that I felt knowing that we were touching so many boys and girls in a positive way,” she said.

And Serrano reminded us all, “if you can like work really hard and try your best, you can get a prize. Today, we got bikes,” which one day, turns into hope.

This story was originally reported by Tevin Wooten. You can follow this report and more at Tevin’s Twitter or Facebook page.

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