The bicycle aisles at Wal-Mart were filled with the smiling faces of children Wednesday evening, many clinging to the handlebars of their new bikes, the wheels a award for being “Terrific Kids.”
Thanks to the Clinton Kiwanis Club, the students received new bikes because of their behavior during the school year. The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the local organization at 14 elementary schools in Clinton and Sampson County.
Holly Vineyard watched her son Raleigh on his new bike as he slowly rode in the aisle.
“He was so excited,” Vineyard said about her child who is attending Butler Avenue School. “It’s worth it.”
Raleigh was excited and happy to have his new Mongoose bicycle. It will replace his current bicycle, which he outgrew. For the family it was perfect timing.
“I think it’s terrific,” Vineyard said about the organization. “I love everything they do in the community.”
Through the student-recognition program, character development, self-esteem and perseverance is promoted. “Terrific is an acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.
According to Kiwanis members, students work with classroom teachers to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance or school work. All students who achieve their goals are recognized as Terrific Kids as chosen by their classroom teacher at awards programs at the end of grading periods.
To award the students, each school has a drawing from the group of students recognized during the year. The chosen students received a bike from the Kiwanis Club and the sponsor, Ford of Clinton. Larry McPhail of Ford of Clinton enjoyed seeing the excitement on their faces.
“It’s a lot of fun,” McPhail said. “I’m glad we can be here to help.”
The Kiwanis organization is located in 80 nations and provides help through various ways. According to the organization , members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise about $100 million each year for communities, families and projects. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Kiwanis was founded in 1915 in Detroit.