Deputies, local businesses reward La Puente kids for good grades, school attendance with free bikes


Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials, Golden State Foods and Incycle bicycles teamed up to provide 85 La Puente elementary school students from three campuses with free bikes as a reward for good grades and attendance during the “Build Your Bike” event, hosted at Sparks Elementary School in La Puente, on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Courtesy, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

LA PUENTE >> Sheriff’s deputies teamed with a food company and a bicycle shop to provide free bicycles on Saturday to 85 students from La Puente elementary schools as a reward for good grades and attendance.

The “Build Your Bike” program, hosted at Sparks Elementary School, was a collaboration of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Industry Station’s La Puente Special Assignment Team, Golden State Foods and Incycle Bicycles, sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro said.

Sheriff’s officials worked with teachers at Sparks, Sunset and Hurley elementary schools to identify deserving kids, the lieutenant said.

“The selected kids have demonstrated their potentials in schools by maintaining a positive attitudes, outstanding grades and attendance,” he said. “They’re earning this bike.”

GSF procured the dozens of bicycles, which the kids then assembled with help from deputies and sheriff’s Explorers, as well as staff from Incycle Bicycles.

Officials also provided the students with helmets, bike locks and handlebar bells. And sheriff’s officials provided the kids with a bike safety class.