‘This may be the only Christmas present that they receive’: RHIT students and CASY team up to build and distribute over 200 bicycles – MyWabashValley.com

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Rose-Hulman Institute for Technology students and Chances and Services for Youth teamed up to gift over 200 bikes to families in need Saturday morning.
RHIT students had the opportunity to utilize the skills that they learned in class to help the community. Engineering student Jacob Fennell said that he’s grateful for the opportunity.
“Applying that to building bikes and giving back to the community which is just an amazing feeling,” Fennell said.
CASY was responsible for the distribution of the bikes, and many of those distribution sites were located at various school within the Vigo County School Corporation. CASY Chief Operating Officer Brandon Halleck said that these bikes could play a very important role in the lives of families who will receive them.
“For a lot of kids, this may be the only Christmas present that they receive,” Halleck said. “It may be the only mode of transportation that they have to get around for school.”
Halleck explained just how special it is to own a bike, and how special it will be for the children that receive the bikes.
“To wake up Christmas morning to have a brand new bike under the tree will be pretty special for them,” Halleck said.
RHIT President Robert Coons attended the construction of the bikes by his students. He said that this is great opportunity for his students to use their class knowledge to help the community.
“We’re trying to to instill that sense of community in our students,” Coons said.
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