Several Julia Randall Elementary students snagged a free bike on the last day of school.

“The students got tickets at school for their behavior and good deeds,” said Jessica Palmer, with the Gila County School Health Liaison Program. “Then we drew a winner from each grade.”

The bikes were given away at an assembly where bike safety was also discussed.

“Mackenzie Wolf assisted with the assemblies and showed her peers the ins and outs of bikes,” said Palmer. “We went over proper hand signals, helmets, clothing, reflectors, awareness of your surroundings and how to check over the bike before leaving the house.”

The bikes came complete with training wheels, a bell, reflectors and a lock.

Bike winners were Bentley, a third-grader; Sophia, a fourth-grader and Aiden, a fifth-grader.

“Principal Scoville wanted to send the kids off into the summer with something fun so she asked for bicycle safety,” said Palmer.

Palmer visits all of the elementary schools in Gila County, teaching a range of health-related classes including hand washing, dental hygiene, bicycle safety, tobacco and substance abuse prevention and anti-bullying.

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