Philadelphia, Dec. 21, 2016 – Councilwoman Cherelle L. Parker (9th District) was joined by CH2M at Ben Franklin Elementary School to spread some holiday cheer by distributing bicycles to 15 deserving students from three Philadelphia schools through CH2M’s Bikes for Kids program.
“For the past two years, CH2M has given me the opportunity to partner in their efforts to spread holiday cheer and encourage active play to 15 amazing and intelligent students attending schools in the 9th Council District,” Councilwoman Parker said. “This year, we celebrate students from Carnell, Ellwood and Franklin Elementary Schools who have each exhibited stellar academic achievement, improvements in their academic performance, or a special commitment to serving their school community. We applaud them for their hard work.”
The students were chosen from Carnell, Ellwood and Franklin elementary schools, with each school principal selecting five students. Each student received a brand new Huffy bike and a helmet.
“While CH2M is a global engineering company, our employees in Philadelphia are proud to provide a local impact in the neighborhoods where we work, live and play,” said Chris Lawrence, Area Manager for CH2M in Philadelphia. “Our Philadelphia Bikes for Kids program with Neighborhood Bike Works is one of many ways that our colleagues stay connected to the communities in the Greater Philadelphia area.”
Most of the students and their parents were on hand to receive the gifts, and expressed their gratitude.
“On behalf of the students, we would like to say thank you to Councilwoman Parker for donating bikes to us,” said Giana Ward, a third grader at Franklin. “Thank you for selecting me and other children. We wish you a happy and healthy New Year.”
CH2M’s Bikes for Kids Program is in its 12th year in Philadelphia and will exceed the 3,000 bike-milestone this holiday season. CH2M employees raise funds throughout the course of the year and then partner with Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) to procure and construct bicycles designed for elementary school children. Throughout the month of December, CH2M will distribute 250 bikes at events hosted by sponsors familiar with the needs of the communities they represent, within the Greater Philadelphia region.
“I want to commend and thank all of our parents who work hard to keep their students on a positive and successful track,” Councilwoman Parker said. “We wish you all a Happy Holiday season.”