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We See You: Independence teacher delivers donated bicycles to students

Children on donated bicycles
Posted at 6:42 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 08:01:18-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Independence teacher is giving back to students in her community by donating bicycles.

Physical education teacher Stacy Huffington wanted her students to stay active and fit during COVID-19 isolation.

The educator started collecting bicycles with the help of fellow teachers, school staff and community members.

Around 200 bicycles have been collected and Huffington estimates about 150 have been given out to children.

"Some of them would jump right on and start riding. Some would be still in shock and thank me. It’s a little bit of everything. A lot of shock, but a lot of surprise and excitement," Huffington said.

The educator explained in addition to promoting physical health, the effort helps mental health - not just for the students, but for her too.

“Being able to see those kids and making sure that everyone is good, that they’re ok, it’s huge. I think for me and my mental health, I think it’s helped my sanity," Huffington said.

BikeWalkKC stepped up to teach the children about bike safety on the roads.

The teacher said she still has about 50 bicycles in her garage that she hopes to give to students in need.

She said she'll continue giving out bikes as long as she can.

People who want to help with donations or supplies to fix donated bicycles can contact Huffington at stacy_huffington@isdschools.org

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