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Top elementary students awarded for passions in STEM

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Four elementary students were chosen Monday to be honored at the Bike-Bytes Golf Outing to celebrate their hard work and integrity this school year.

ANTHONE CHATMAN/BIKE RECIPIENT: “I feel proud of myself for the accomplishments in my life.”

GRU and Jacobs Engineering reached out to elementary schools asking school leaders which children were excelling in science, technology, engineering and math.

“If they’re excelling in the STEM academics and the teachers and principals give us their names, we want to make sure they are rewarded for that,” said Yvette Carter, GRU Community Relations Specialist.

“We’ll be gifting them bicycles for their top two students this academic year,” said Pilar Doran, Vice President of Jacobs Engineering

Through the years, Bikes and Bytes has donated 676 bikes and 151 computers to kids in North Central Florida to reward and help kids get to school, stay healthy and advance their academic abilities.

“I’m going to ride around town and help people and I’m going to ride my bike to Lincoln (Middle School) next year,” said Amiracle Holmes, a bike recipient.

The attending golfers enjoyed a recreational day, but ultimately the funds go back into the community. This supports each child’s passion for math and science.

“I like how it (science) teaches me about animals and stuff because I really like animals,” said Carmelo Orozco, a bike recipient.

“Science, I like doing experiments. Math, I like division,” said Lamaya Scott, a bike recipient.

This kind of recognition and feedback from the community shows these kids they are on the right track, fueling these kids to chase their dreams in the stem field.

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