PITTSBURG — Around 30 Pittsburg elementary students rolled out of school with a new set of wheels Wednesday.

Crossroads Chevrolet, KSNF, Zimmer Radio and KODE donated bicycles to the students as part of the Big Time Bicycle Giveaway.
In the past three years, the sponsors have given 800 bikes to students in the four-state area.

“We reach out to local schools and they give us the age, size and gender and we find them a bike,” Crossroads General Management Manager Greg Woods said.

Woods said they want to give back to the students and said he knows some students are not as fortunate as others and would otherwise not have a bike.

Westside Elementary School Principal Ann Lee said it was an opportunity for some students’ dream of having their own bike.

“This is a huge privilege for our kids,” Lee said. “A lot of them dream of having a bike, but for some it is not easily achieved for whatever reason.  

“This opened up the door for the kids to own a bike.”

The students made their way to Wood as he called their names and their faces lit up as they approached their brand new bike.

One student, George Nettels Elementary kindergartner Bailey Pryor, leaped from her seat when Wood called her name and gave him a big hug to thank him for the bike.

After the presentation of the bikes, the students joined their classmates in the holiday festivities in their classrooms and to top off the excitement at the school, it was a half day.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.