Community Bands Together To Bring Bikes To Schools

Posted: November 16, 2012 at 4:24 a.m.

Martin Johnson, right, mechanic with Phat Tire, checks the brakes and gear alignment of a bicycle Wednesday at AMP Sign and Banner in Bentonville as volunteers assemble new bikes purchased for the Bentonville School District. The district received grants from the Walton Family Foundation, Coca-Cola, Bentonville Public Schools Foundation and the Walmart Visitors Center to purchase 540 bicycles and Bell donated 540 helmets to accompany the bikes. Each school will have 30 bicycles to use with their physical education classes.

The warehouse at AMP Sign and Banner off the Wishing Springs Trail is packed this week. Reams of paper have been pushed aside to make way for boxes and boxes of bikes. Trek bikes, to be exact. Five hundred and forty of them.

At A Glance

Who Contributed

The following groups contributed a total of more than $130,00 for the Bentonville School District to purchase 540 mountain bikes:

• Walton Family Foundation

• Coca-Cola

• Walmart Visitors Center

• Bentonville Public Schools Foundation

• Bell donated 540 bike helmets

• Trek offered a 10 percent discount on the purchase

• Phat Tire and AMP Sign and Banner offered in-kind services

Source: Staff Report

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