The ongoing kindness and generosity of two former Newark residents provided new bicycles, helmets and locking devices to eight elementary students from Lincoln, Perkins and Kelley schools who attended the 2018 Newark Elementary Summer School program.
Students received certificates redeemable at Walmart in Newark during a ceremony with Chief David Christler, of Newark Police Department, at Perkins School. Christler was joined by K-9 Officer Dan Weegar, K-9 Mac and Officer Randy Rice.
Students were nominated for the certificates by classroom teachers based on their “outstanding attitude, good citizenship and effort.” This year’s recipients are kindergarteners Emoni Alicea, Gabrielle Bailey and Makayla Cardwell; third-graders Piper Delestowicz and Ian Rogers; fourth-grader Scott Leach; and fifth-graders Emma Delestowicz and Carlos Martinez.
Some parents attended the ceremony to see their children receive the certificates.
Kari Hamelinck, an instructional coach at Perkins and Lincoln schools who functioned for eight years as elementary summer school principal, said the students were “caught completely off guard and ecstatic.”
“We do provide small incentives for great work on a regular basis at summer school, but we certainly could not provide children with bikes,” Hamelinck said.
This most recent certificate giveaway marks the couple’s third round of bicycle donations in a year. Eighteen students received bikes in August 2017; 20 students received certificates in May. The couple wishes to remain anonymous.
Last winter, the same couple paid for winter coats, hats and gloves that were distributed confidentially through NPD, which partnered with Newark Central School District to identify students in need.
“NCSD is so grateful for this couple’s acts of kindness and generosity in helping children in our community,” Superintendent Matt Cook said.