Math skills and physical endurance combined to make for a 'wheely' good time Saturday, May 7 at DeKalb West School. D.W.S. Junior Beta students at DeKalb West School sponsored the school's first-ever bike-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Students competed in various age categories on a multi-mile obstacle course around the school parking lot and raised close to $700.00 for the charity. The physical challenges weren't the only hurdles bikers faced. They also had to be calculating with their minds, answering a series of math questions to move forward to the next round in the competition.
A few adults got into the fun for the cause. School Board Chairman Charlie Robinson and DWS computer teacher Lesa Hayes hopped onto their bicycles and gave a valiant effort pedaling around the cones while struggling with the shock absorption from makeshift ramps. Junior Beta students logged in 19 hours as a group for the club service project. Participating in the bike-a-thon were the following: Alaysia Bias, Kyleigh White, Breanna Gibson, Noelle Driver, Addison Oakley, Ashton Sensing, Savannah Anderson, Dolton Theriaque, Danielle Theriaque, Brady Driver, Levi Driver, Bailey Hayes, Garrett Hayes, Ethan Martin, and Cason Oakley. DeKalb Community Bank donated water for the event. Students who brought in more than $35 each for the cause will receive a special prize from St. Jude.