Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Savannah Zimmerman loved her new bicycle donated by the National Association of College Stores.
Twenty-five bicycles were donated last Wednesday to children served by the Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County.
The National Association of College Stores pledged the bikes as part of its Leadership Institute along with 25 other college leaders who attended the program from around the country.
Institute attendees assembled the bicycles to give to the students.
Chris Przybylski of Ozarks Technical Community College in Missouri said each group had a different obstacle to solve. Some put the bikes together while not being allowed to talk while others had to find missing pieces as part of a leadership training exercise.
“We all had to work together in different teams and figure out what the challenges were for each other group and then work together to figure out the best way to get these bikes put together,” he said. “Everybody had a missing piece but combined together we all could get the goal achieved and give back to the Boys & Girls Club.”
Przybylski said he loves the opportunity to give back to the community.
“Our chancellor has a saying that our school is ‘the jet fuel for the community’ to really empower everybody to get back to work and get back to education,” he said.
The 25 children chosen to receive bikes were the outstanding students from their unit.
“They showed good grades, participated more than 80 percent of the time, and were very active in the Boys & Girls Club this year,” said resource development director Sandi Domain.
The kids were very excited to receive the bikes. Student Zaylin Wilhelm especially loved the colors of the bright green and pink two-wheelers.
“It’s very nice when the community or a company or a group of people from the community reach out to help the Boys & Girls Club and the kids,” Domain said. “It’s what we strive for all the time, the community support.”
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.