Saskatchewan

Regina kids get new bikes for good attendance

Twenty-six kids were awarded bikes at Albert Community School on Thursday after good attendance won them ballots in a draw.

Bikes for Kids program awards 26 bikes at local school after attendance competition

The winners of the Bike for Kids contest sit on their new bicycles. (Craig Edwards/CBC)

The recent good attendance of kids from Albert Community School in Regina paid off today with a brand new two-wheel ride.

Twenty-six winners from an initiative called Bikes for Kids were surprised in the school gym on Thursday afternoon with shiny new bicycles. At least one girl and boy in each grade were given the bikes.

The initiative was designed to encourage better attendance at the school. Each time a student arrived on time and stayed the entire day, they were given a ballot to enter into the draw to win a new bike. 

In total 31 bikes were given away as part of the initiative this year, with 26 going to kids at Albert Community School in Regina. (Craig Edwards/CBC)

The bikes were donated by United Way of Regina and Dominion Lending Centres.

Trent Glover, a broker with Dominion Lending Centres, was there to see the looks on the kids' faces. 

"We're very lucky and fortunate to be able to do the things that we do and it's a nice way to give back, especially for children," Glover said. 

An additional five bicycles will be given to a single, teen mothers group in the city. 

Next year, the organizers say they're hoping to raise enough funds to give out 100 bikes to three or four schools in the city. 

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