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Every Student Gets a Bike



    Every Student Gets a Bike
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    WASHINGTON - MAY 15: Bicycles lie on the lawn during a "Bike to Work Day" event at the Freedom Plaza May 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people from the DC area rode their bicycles to work on Friday to promote an alternative mean to save energy and to help to create a greener environment. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    The entire first grade class at Logan Elementary School was surprised with a bicycle and helmet Wednesday.

    Employees at the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System raised about $9,000 to buy 86 bikes and helmets for a lot of very excited children.

    "I never had a bike before," said one little girl.  "My mom's going to teach me how to ride it." 

    MTS workers have been doing this for the last several years, and say they pick school kids who aren't expecting much for Christmas.

    "Today is all about making some kids happy at Christmas time," said MTS CEO Paul Jablonski.

    "It started with a couple of employees a few years ago and it's just caught on," Jablonski said. "It just makes everybody feel good."

    The students also got a safety presentation from police officers, about handling their bikes around moving vehicles.