Every summer, Ivy Tech partners with the City of Evansville Parks and Recreation Department and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation to provide enriched learning opportunities in a safe, healthy, and drug-free environment with specific goals of increasing academic achievement and reducing drug use and violence. Going on its 12th year, Dave Schutte (EVSC) and Chris Kiefer (Ivy Tech) have been championing the fundraising efforts to support for the annual giveaway.
The Summer Enrichment Program emphasizes education, community service, and family participation.
Celebration activities on the final day of the Summer Enrichment Program highlight a bicycle giveaway to students who are nominated by their teachers based on their having a disciplined attitude, good attendance, and exemplary behavior. The bicycle giveaway includes bicycle helmets, locks, and related equipment.
The Summer Enrichment Program has been a tremendous success for the past eleven years with more than 2000 bicycles distributed to deserving students. This coming year we plan to award 200 bicycles and 2 adaptive bicycles for students with special needs.
Financial support is needed to continue such a beneficial program. Your charitable donation will help underwrite the cost of purchasing bicycles to promote healthy lifestyles and provide deserving students a lifetime of memories.
Thank you for considering a donation for this life-touching event. You may make your donation to the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation, a 501(c) (3) not for profit corporation, 3501 North First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710.
Quotes from previous giveaways:
- "I wish I could ride it to school," Viktor Casteel said of his new bike.
- "When you feel the air in your face it feels like you're flying," Francisco Gomez said.
Photography by Alex Slitz, Evansville Courier & Press photographer
Quotes courtesy of the Evansville Courier & Press