Estes Park School District R-3 was extremely grateful to be able to participate in the massive bike assembly and giveaway that made Guinness World Records history on April 26, 2017.
DaVita, Inc., a Denver based kidney care company, brought nearly 4,000 volunteers from all over the world to assemble the bikes at the Colorado Convention Center, that would then be donated to non profits and charities around the metro area. A large majority of the volunteers were in town for a multi-day annual meeting.
DaVita set a new world record for donating the most bikes to a charity in an hour. They donated 979 bikes total, and 750 kids left the event with brand-new, free-of-charge bikes. Among those 750 kids, were 12 of our very own Estes Park third grade students. All children that received a bike also received a bike helmet, bike locks and safety instructions.
The bikes that were unclaimed at the end of the event were donated to various Denver organizations, but also included Estes Park School District R-3. These donated bikes will be a part of the Estes Park School District R-3 Bike Program that is being developed through Estes Thrives currently.
Estes Park School District R-3 was the only school outside of the Denver Area asked to participate in this event. Estes Park was recognized to participate by DaVita after seeing their participation in a similar type of event on a much smaller scale in 2015. During the project on May 15, 2015 (Estes Thrives Day), the Estes Park High School students were tasked with building 50 bikes, donated by the Stanley Hotel, that they would then later give to an elementary school student in need.
Sheldon Rosenkrance, Superintendent of Schools, remarks “It is amazing to be part of something so enlightening, and especially to see it on such a larger scale this time around. This type of generosity and teamwork really captures the essence of Estes Thrives”.
It’s a well known fact that there are few things quite as exciting as getting a shiny new bicycle as a young child. Something equally as fulfilling, is receiving the gift of health and wellness that a lifestyle containing activities such as biking can provide. Being able to put both of those things into the hands of a child with one act, is priceless. Estes Park School District R-3 is looking forward to continuing the trend of providing opportunity for health, wellness and happiness through Estes Thrives.