Students win bikes for their achievements

HARLINGEN — Luis Orozco will be pedaling around his neighborhood on his new bike this summer.

Luis was one of 80 students who received a free bicycle from the Harlingen Sunburst Rotary Club for high achievement in the classroom or doing good deeds.

The bikes were handed out to fourth and fifth graders as part of the club’s “Wheels of Learning” initiative at Milam, Jefferson, Wilson and Dishman elementary schools.

And to thank the Rotarians for their unwavering support of kids in the community, the school district handed Sunburst Rotary Club president an award for their initiative.

“We are just tickled to death,” Jake Forbes said about the award the district offered the Rotary Club for their service.

“Service Above Self,” a core belief shared by all Rotarians, is the driving force behind the creation of the initiative motivating students to do their best in school.

Each month, students at the participating schools had the opportunity to earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win a bike for good attendance, grades and showing leadership.

“Kids are our future,” Forbes said. “Kids will make our community, and anything we can do to make the next group of leadership happen, we’re all behind it.”