BY ERIC HOSHAW
Anderson Elementary School students are starting their summer off right with a new set of wheels after recently participating in a raffle to “win” a bicycle. The idea all started months ago when Michel DeJulian, social worker and team leader for the school’s PBIS program, connected with Trenton Police Officer Rick Tanguay about taking impounded bikes from the DPW and having the students enter a raffle to win one.
“So far, we have given away about a dozen bikes,” said Doug Mentzer, principal. “This week, we will give away nine more. Even better, Al Petri didn’t hesitate to step up and help repair the bikes. In fact, not only did he volunteer his service, he also covered all of the costs associated with repair parts.”
The raffle was based on students who entered by writing a paper explaining why they needed a bike. Then, papers were examined for effort and validity and placed into a bucket. The names were drawn by office personnel.
“It was an extension of our PBIS program,” explained Mentzer. “So, if a student’s behavior was not good, they were automatically ineligible for the drawing.”
Mentzer went on to express how much of an asset Michel DeJulian is to the Trenton Public Schools. DeJulian has a number of different titles, but in this endeavor, she was in her role as PBIS Leader.
“She works tirelessly to make our schools a better place for all kids,” Mentzer said. “Through her efforts, she was able to work with Officer Rick Tanguay and secure a great number of bikes for our kids. Last count was around 15. It’s all about working together for the kids.”