New Bern students in need get new bikes from Academy Sports & Outdoors

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) We may still be a few weeks away from Christmas, but Tuesday a group of students at a local elementary school received a very special surprise gift.

Thirty students from Trent Park Elementary school in New Bern were shocked when they learned that bikes and helmets at the school were going home with them.

The bicycles were gifts from Academy Sports and Outdoors. The company says they try to pick a school in need each year to hand out the bikes as a way to give back.

Patti Page, Academy Sports & Outdoor Store Director says, "It's so rewarding, you see the smile on their face or the ahhh, or the oh my gosh I haven't had a bike in years or I've out grown my bike, or my bike was destroyed and to see that is very rewarding you just get goosebumps it's a win."

The New Bern Police Department was also on hand giving the students some important information about being safe on their new rides and reminding them to always wear a helmet.