EVANSVILLE – Middle school and elementary school students in the Ivy Tech Community College Public Safety Academy will receive a new bicycle, helmet, and bicycle lock this week at Ivy Tech. The bicycles are awarded to students who demonstrate good attendance, good behavior, and a good attitude while participating in the Public Safety Academy. The Academy is a partnership with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s (EVSC) 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the City of Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation, the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, and the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville.
Over 175 bicycles will be awarded to students this year, the majority of them at Ivy Tech Community College this Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26 at 2:30 p.m. In addition, two adaptive bicycles, specifically designed for children who are physically unable to ride a standard bicycle, will be given away.
Bicycles will be presented to the students by representatives from public safety agencies, EVSC, local dignitaries, and community leaders. Students will also be treated to an afternoon of fun, including activities, snacks, a tour of Ivy Tech, and a video on bicycle safety. The event is funded by generous donations from individuals and businesses across the tri-state.
“The Public Safety Academy is a wonderful example of a successful community partnership,” said Ivy Tech Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “The Academy provides a great opportunity for students to stay active in the summer and keep learning at the same time.”
The Evansville Bicycle Club and Gerling Law will be assisting with the event and will help adjust the bike seats and helmets to ensure a proper fit.