Kids get new bikes for working hard in school and meeting goals

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - A few kids have a new pair of wheels this Christmas because they proved they earned them.

A couple of local businesses worked with a non-profit organization to donate five bikes Wednesday night.

Northtowne Cycling and Fitness along with the Sag Wagon Deli and Brew sold raffle tickets for bike giveaways to fund the donations.

"I think we all remember that first bike we got under the tree and know how impactful that can be in a child's life," Northtowne Cycling and Fitness owner Derek Stepanek said.

The bikes went to kids who are a part of Kids on Course, a program that provides tutoring and support to kids and their families. Kids on Course is a nonprofit organization of the Zach Johnson Foundation. They had to earn their bikes by working especially hard in their school work and meeting specific goals with attendance.

"The kids do such a great job and earn their rewards with the commitment to learning," Stepanek said.

Kids on Course and the businesses say they plan to do things like it again and potentially multiple times a year.