Neblett Elementary Receives New Bikes Donated by Academy Sports + Outdoors
Students from Neblett Elementary received a holiday surprise Thursday morning from Academy Sports + Outdoors in Sherman, TX. As part of the company’s community give back program, the store organized a bike and helmet giveaway for thirty students during the holiday season.
The surprise took place during a morning holiday assembly with six students from each grade level (K-4) receiving one of the new bikes.
Academy Store Director Chris Mitchell coordinated the event with Sherman ISD and enjoys giving out bicycles.
“Watching the kids’ faces when the curtain is pulled back and seeing their excitement makes it all worth it,” Mitchell expressed. “We love Grayson County, and we love partnering with schools in this area. Our community and customers are amazing, and we love giving back.”
Students filled the cafeteria with excitement and cheered their classmates on as their names were called. Third-grader Jaylor Perry says he was mind blown after his name was called.
“Believe it or not, this is my first new bike,” Perry said, pointing to his new gift. “It’s a pretty nice mountain bike too.”
Third-grader Raelyn Babb shared the same sentiments.
“I’m happy because I don’t have a bike at home and I didn’t know that I was going to get this,” she said. “This is a surprise!”
Neblett Principal Kelli Abohosh is appreciative of the strong community support her campus receives.
“The outpouring of Sherman community support for our school is unbelievable,” she shared. “We have amazing students that deserve this special surprise. The look of awe on our students’ faces today said it all.”
Academy also took the opportunity to partner with the Sherman Fire Department for additional community involvement. Fire Captain Billy Hartsfield provided a bike and helmet safety tutorial for the bike recipients immediately following the assembly.
“We want to make sure every kid gets the smile they need during Christmas and that they remain safe while riding their bike,” he said. “We are happy to work with the school district and Academy to help provide gifts for students and some relief to parents. Once you see their smiling faces, your day is made.”
Students will be able to take their bikes home today so that they can enjoy them during the Christmas break.
Fire Captain Billy Hartsfield demonstrates the correct way to wear a helmet.