New Hanover County Schools




Freeman Elementary and Snipes Academy Third Graders Learn that Hard Work and Kindness Are As Easy As Riding a Bike

Freeman Elementary School of Engineering and Snipes Academy of Arts and Design will conduct assemblies for their entire third grade. In partnership with Bikes For Kids Foundation, third grade classes have spent the past month on two guidance lessons and a book study focused on thinking big, working hard, and making no excuses to reach their goals and dreams. Each third grade student has written an essay about working hard to achieve their dreams. 
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. at Freeman;
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. at Snipes.
Freeman Elementary School of Engineering, 2601 Princess Place Drive, Wilmington
Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, 2150 Chestnut Street, Wilmington
Dionne Sturdivant, Principal of Freeman Elementary, 910-251-6011;
Rachel Manning, Principal of Snipes Academy, 910-251-6175
Bikes for Kids Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation, founded in 2002, and is focused on delivering hope and confidence to disadvantaged children across America. Utilizing 3 character-building books and required essays, the organization delivers hope for big dreams that build clarity, confidence, responsibility, kindness, and determination to help students overcome poverty and entitlement with the lesson that “Nothing is given, everything is earned.”  
Bikes for Kids is far more than a bike program. It’s a 2-year journey of building character and materializing dreams in children. It begins with each third grade Title 1 child in sponsored schools studying a book titled, “Think Big – Work Hard – Be Kind – No Excuses.” After 3 weeks of study and 3 weeks of challenge questions, students write an essay describing how those terms apply to their lives. Learning that nothing is given, everything is earned, they are told that the best three essay papers will be rewarded with a new bicycle.