Volusia VPK Specialists Trike-a-Thon raises money for children at St. Jude hospital
BY JAMES HARPER
Students of Volusia VPK Specialists in Daytona Beach pedaled and rode in their first Trike-a-Thon last month, raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital based in Memphis, Tenn.
Director Janice Burch-Medlock said each student at the local child-care center was responsible for collecting donations through sponsors.
“The students were also educated about children with cancer. St. Jude treats the world’s sickest children battling cancer and other diseases for free. No family ever pays St. Jude for anything,” Burch-Medlock said.
“Volusia VPK children understand the concept of helping others people.
Philanthropy should start early,” she noted.
Bike riding course
The students also were taught by a Daytona Beach police officer the importance of being a safe bike rider.
“As a result of what was learned, the students took a pledge to be a safe bike rider and to teach others,” Burch-Medlock added.
Each child was presented with a helmet as a token of safety from the Daytona Beach Fire Department. A riding course was designed on the school campus so the students can continue to ride their bikes safely.
Along with Burch-Medlock, other founders of the school include Dannette Henry and Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry.