TAMMS (WSIL)---This summer, kids at Egyptian School district were expecting to learn about science, math, and responsibility.
It's called the Bike Like an Egyptian Program, which is part of a summer enrichment program at Egyptian School.
"In the summer, the Egyptian School District provides academic opportunities for students, and we provide enrichment activities meaning other activities that support academics, but have a little fun attached to them, or something unique," said David Ardrey, SIU Director of School Partnerships.
While students were learning about bike safety, students were told they could get their own bike, but not when it would happen.
"We connected with a nonprofit out of St. Louis, St. Louis Bike Works. And they do work in the urban area, providing bikes, but not only bikes. They do bikes, computers, and reading literacy, with kids that live in high poverty, urban areas," said Ardrey.
Alexander County is not an urban area, but the poverty rate is 24%.
So when the bikes pulled into Egyptian School early Monday morning, students were overjoyed.
"It brings the opportunity for them to have freedom. Where they can move around their communities, on their own bike, teaching them responsibility, teaching them that first feeling of freedom," said Ardrey.
And according to Brayden, Taylor, and Sophya, it was a very exciting time.
This Friday, organizers of the program will be taking students, and their brand new bikes, to the Tunnel Hill bike trail.