MAUREPAS -- Pre-K students at the Maurepas School are riding in style.
Thanks to a donation from a local non-profit organization, 20 Pre-K students now have six brand-new tricycles to choose from during recess.
Mary Covington, of Amite River Christmas on the Bayou, presented the red, big-wheeled tricycles to students on Jan. 22 — a surprise that had the children hopping up and down with excitement the moment they saw them sitting under the school’s pavilion.
“They had no idea this was happening,” Pre-K teacher Sheila McDonald said. “I told them someone did something really nice for them, but we didn’t want to spoil the surprise until they actually got to see them.”
They did more than “see them.”
As soon as Covington finished speaking, students jumped up and ran to the tricycles, a few shouting joyfully as they drew near. The students then swapped turns taking the new toys on joy rides around the play area.
Maurepas Principal Kenny Kraft said he has no doubt the tricycles will go to good use.
“They needed them — just look at the old [tricycles],” Kraft joked. “And these [new tricycles] look like some heavy duty ones, too. They should last a long time with those big fat tires.”
The new tricycles replaced the old fleet of tricycles, which mostly had flaking paint, loose seats and rusted metal. Instructor Janna Picou pointed out three of the older tricycles she called the “originals,” which were first purchased when the school launched its Pre-K program 12 years ago — making them more than twice the age of the students who rode them.
“We got our money’s worth out of those good little bikes,” Picou said.
The donation continued the mission of Amite River Christmas on the Bayou, a non-profit organization that focuses on the needs of the children in and around the Maurepas community, Covington said.
The group originated as “Christmas on the Bayou,” a family-oriented and family-run organization in Maurepas that put on a community-wide Christmas parade for more than a dozen years. The organization was revitalized and given a new name in 2016 under President Randy Posey, and since then, it has added to the regular slew of events it presents each year.
Last year, the organization held its first-ever Easter egg hunt, which drew 30 children to the American Legion post in Maurepas. The organization also holds a kids’ fishing rodeo in May, a Trunk-or-Treat for Halloween and its annual boat parade in December.
In addition, the club has donated to the Maurepas School’s Beta Club, the annual French Cafe, and Red Ribbon Week. Covington also told Kraft and the Pre-K students that the organization is in the final stages of establishing a scholarship that will be awarded to one graduating Maurepas student per year.
Funds for the organization’s projects come from its annual poker run that is held every summer.
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