Students to Receive Free Bicycles at Ivy Tech’s 13th Annual Public Safety Academy


Many middle school and elementary school students in the Ivy Tech Community College Public Safety Academy will receive a new bicycle, helmet, and bicycle lock on Wednesday, June 27, at 2 p.m. in Vectren Auditorium at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus. The bicycles will be awarded to students who demonstrate good attendance, good behavior, and a good attitude while participating in the Public Safety Academy, and other summer activities in the community.


The Academy is a partnership with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the City of Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation, the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, and the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville.


In addition to the standard bikes, two adaptive bicycles that are specifically designed for children who are physically unable to ride a standard bicycle, will be given away. “We look forward to this event every year and are grateful for the leadership of Ivy Tech Dean Chris Kiefer, and others at Ivy Tech, who have consistently raised funds and collected bicycles for these students, as a reward for positive behavior,” said Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel.


Bicycles will be presented to the students by donors, representatives from public safety agencies, EVSC, local dignitaries, and community leaders. Students will also be treated to an afternoon of fun, including activities, snacks, a tour of Ivy Tech, and a video on bicycle safety. The event is funded by generous donations from individuals and businesses across the Tri-State.


The Evansville Bicycle Club and Gerling Law will be assisting with the event and will help adjust the bike seats and helmets to ensure a proper fit.


Sponsors include: Ivy Tech Community College, Ivy Tech Foundation, EVSC, EVSC Foundation, Deaconess, Evansville Federal Credit Union, Tri-State Community Clinics, David Smith, Department of Parks and Recreation, Kiefer for School Board, Boys & Girls Clubs, City of Evansville, Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, Banterra Bank, 911 Gives Hope, Evansville Police Department, ONI Risk Partners, YMCA, Evansville Bicycle Club, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department, Pacific Recycling, Anthem, Gerling Law, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Hahn Kiefer Real Estate Services, and ProMark.


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