Bike for Tykes

Students at Waubonsie Valley High School put the wheels in motion for a brighter future, as they took part in the Bikes for Tykes campaign.

23 unassembled bikes, donated by Pacific Cycle, were built by students and teachers at the school, and then given to kids receiving treatment at Central DuPage Hospital for life-threatening illnesses.

“The point we wanted to make was that we are bigger than just us, we are here to do things for others and we are here to positively impact our community, so we felt if we gave them an activity that it was for somebody else and emphasized the fact that it was going to be an important thing for that child, it would emphasize the idea of service and service above self,” said Jason Schmidtgall, Assistant Principal of Student Services at Waubonsie Valley High School.

Waubonsie held a pep rally for the presentation, where the students were able to meet 11 of the pediatric patients, welcoming them with signs and bringing out their new wheels.

And though building bikes was a first time experience for many of the students, it was one they’ll never forget.

“Even though the bike was difficult to put together and stuff just seeing their smiling faces, it just means everything in the world to them to get a bike and it’s not only making their day to day but it’s also making their summer and summers to come after that,” said Helena Wynn, Junior at Waubonsie Valley High School.

The Bikes for Tykes campaign was just part of Waubonsie’s goal to make a difference in the community, as they also raised $5,000 for Rally for Ryan, an organization named for Ryan Karlin, the 12-year-old Naperville resident who was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy in 2008. He’ll become a warrior himself in just a few years.

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