MPD helped deliver 88 unclaimed bicycles for SCS students - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD helped deliver 88 unclaimed bicycles for SCS students

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Memphis police delivered free bicycles to 88 Shelby County Schools students who had perfect attendance this year.

With truancy being one of the first signs of trouble for youth, the Shelby County District Attorney's office created the bike reward's program.

The program is in its second year. It is designed to increase attendance by giving students a reward for having perfect attendance.

Children received new bikes in May to celebrate their perfect attendance achievement.

However, of 211 donated bikes, 88 were left unclaimed for weeks simply because many families were unable to pick them up.

Wednesday, Memphis police officers from the Crump Station precinct delivered the bikes.

In coordination with the D.A.'s office, officers loaded up all of the bikes on to their personal trucks and took them to the students who earned them.

"The police officers from the C.O.P.S. program were gracious enough to give us transportation," said D.A. special assistant, Megan Pietrowski.

Officers went zip code to zip code to get the bikes to the deserving students.

An 8th grader at Ridgeway Middle School, Daija Rudd was excited and shy about the surprise drop off.

The rewards program is sponsored by the Whitehaven Walmart, the Hyde Foundation, and anonymous donors.

"We all have brand new bikes, and they all have brand new helmets attached to them," Pietrowski said.

Just in time to hit the pavement to catch a breeze in the heat, Rudd hopped on her new wheels and gave her ride a test drive.

"That's why we do the bike program--sort of as an incentive to keep them coming to school," said Pietrowski. "Then word gets out to the student body, and we hopefully encourage the other students to come as well."

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