CHARLESTON, SC – A South Carolina teacher is on a mission to make sure every student at her school gets a brand new bicycle by Christmas.
Katie Blomquist is a first grade teacher Pepperhill Elementary School North Charleston, South Carolina.
She told WCBD that her mission started after talking to one of her students.
“One little student from my class last year that I especially bonded with. And I realized after taking him out on weekends and trying to give him some experiences he doesn’t get in life that he doesn’t have a bike,” said Blomquist.
Blomquist told ABC News that the school is located in a lower-income neighborhood, and many kids come from struggling families.
“It’s a high-need school and many of our students work very hard, but unfortunately are unable to have the basic childhood needs like a bike,” said Bloomquist.
She started a GoFundMe page to raise enough money for each student of the 650 students at the school to get a new bike. In total, it will cost more than $65,000.
Earlier this month, the GoFundMe company donated $10,000 on their own to help the school reach its goal.
“At GoFundMe, we see incredible stories every single day of people coming together to make sure students get the education they deserve,” said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO, according to WCBD. “Katie Blomquist’s GoFundMe campaign is a perfect example of what can be achieved when a community unites to help their kids and educators. We’re excited to donate $10,000 to her school, and hope her bicycle campaign will continue to be successful.”
A local bike shop, Affordabike, agreed to sell her 650 bikes at a discount. They will also be customizing each bike, painting them with the slogan “The Future” and “Oh the places you’ll go,” according to Inside Edition.
“I’m not going to give up until every child gets a bike,” she said. “If we have to change it from the best Christmas gift ever to the best end of the year gift ever, that’s what we’ll do. Every kid at this school deserves the bike.”
So far, Blomquist has raised $34,000. If you would like to donate, click here.