Each of nearly 200 third graders at Roosevelt Elementary School was surprised with a new bicycle, helmet and lock recently.
The Long Beach-based Velo Allegro Cycling Club, which promotes cycling and health, selected Roosevelt for an essay contest for the third graders. The students expected one essayist from each of seven classes to be awarded a bike at a special assembly, but ultimately the auditorium stage curtain lifted to reveal 190 more shiny, new bicycles.
Velo Allegro raised nearly $10,000 for a similar giveaway at Stevenson Elementary School last year. The club raised another $15,000 for this year’s event.