Flying Pathers Motorcycle Club Sponsors "Hitting The Books For Bikes" (PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch
By Rachel Martin


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May 29, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- One lucky girl and one lucky boy from each grade level at Prince Chapman Academy received a bicycle and helmet for "Hitting The Books For Bikes" sponsored by the Flying Panthers Motorcycle Club.

Every now and again, it's nice to get a reward for your hard work—that was the idea behind the "Hitting the Books for Bikes" program at Prince Chapman Academy Wednesday afternoon.

It was an exciting event as all the students watched a motorcycle stunt rider do tricks. But it was extra special afternoon for a handful of students whose hard work all year paid off.

"Hard work, dedication, and not letting your friends distract you,” said 4th grader Aniya Anderson.

Anderson has the right idea when it comes to school work, especially when motorcycle tricks and a shiny new bike is involved.

"I was really in shock the whole time. I didn't think I would win it,” she said. When asked why she didn’t think would win she said, "I never win anything!"

Aniya along with seven other students at Prince Chapman Academy, a boy and girl from each grade, won brand new bikes and helmets in a drawing for being on the honor roll all year long. All of it was made possible by the Flying Panthers Motorcycle Club, who wanted to honor the students' achievements.

"It may seem very very small in perception to us, but these kids look up to us in a sense,” said Torrence Craig, business manager for the club. “We wanted to continue to lead by example in the community and let the community know that motorcycle clubs are about positive things."

It wasn't just about rewarding honor roll students the entire school was treated to a show by stunt rider Kyle Sliger as motivation for success.

"Motivation, and to see that there are rewards for doing well, and not all of those rewards come after you graduate, after you finish college. There are rewards, small rewards for doing the right thing,” said Principal Thelma Green.

This is the fourth year for the “Hitting the Books for Bikes” program, which originally began at Southwick Elementary. The Flying Panthers decided to expand the program to Prince Chapman two years ago. To date, the Flying Panthers Motorcycle Club has given away more than 100 bikes and helmets to deserving students. They also sponsor and participate in clothing drives and school supply donations at the beginning of the school year.

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