Wish For Wheels
DOUGLAS COUNTY -
Life’s best memories always start with a first. For many students at Summit View Elementary in Highlands Ranch, it’s their first time building a bike. The bikes won’t be in their hands for long. They’ve spent the last year building relationships with buddies at Sedalia Elementary.
It’s all part of the Wish For Wheels program. 5th grade teacher Jill Sinclair says, “It’s been an idea we’ve tossing around for a long time, and it’s super exciting for it to come to action.” Every little buddy in Sedalia will get a brand new bike from their big buddy at Summit View. Students were responsible for raising $5,100 worth of corporate sponsorships to purchase the 51 bikes.
More than bikes, they’ve built compassion. Their emotions are hard to miss in the afternoon as the 5th graders get ready to reveal a field full of bikes to the unsuspecting students at Sedalia. The anticipation builds as each big buddy scans the crowd for their little buddy.
A countdown ushers in the moment they’ve all looked forward to. “3, 2, 1, surprise!” The day of firsts continues as the kindergarteners hop on their new bikes. For some it’s the first bike they’ve owned. For others it’s their first time riding a bike.
The fun thing to watch for the adults on hand is the relationships being built up. Sinclair said, “It’s that compassion piece, which, it’s hard to teach unless you have a real authentic reason to show compassion.”
On a day of firsts, they’ve created memories that will last.