Children Earn Bicycles by Meeting Reading Goals

Neff ECC Principal Leal, Rotary Club Governor Eric Liu and wife Sandra, First Book of Greater Houston Director Sheila Long Armstrong, former NFL player Charles Davis, Dr. Julie Baker Finck and Ladies for Literacy Guild Member Patti Gillies line up to help distribute bicycles.

Neff ECC Principal Leal, Rotary Club Governor Eric Liu and wife Sandra, First Book of Greater Houston Director Sheila Long Armstrong, former NFL player Charles Davis, Dr. Julie Baker Finck and Ladies for Literacy Guild Member Patti Gillies line up to help distribute bicycles.

Neff ECC student rides off with a new bike he earned by meeting reading goals.

Neff ECC student rides off with a new bike he earned by meeting reading goals.

Nearly 8,000 children across the Greater Houston area received brand new bicycles and helmets last December as a reward for meeting their reading goals, thanks to CYLCE: Changing Young Children's Lives through Education. "Our vision at CYCLE is that every student in the Greater Houston area will read at or above grade-level by the end of the 3rd grade, putting them on the path to success and empowering them to reach their full potential in school and life," said Rebecca Roberts, Executive Director of CYCLE. "Providing children an opportunity to earn a bicycle for achieving their set goals is a great motivator and strategy for helping them learn that hard work equals reward."
More than 230 children who earned bicycles and helmets were first-graders at Neff Early Childhood Center in Houston ISD. Neff ECC Principal Dr. Gerardo Leal remarked, "It is exciting to see so many of our children attain their reading goals and be rewarded with new bicycles and helmets from CYCLE. I am so proud of the children's accomplishments and grateful to the families and our teachers for making reading a top priority."
In addition to receiving new bicycles and helmets this school year, every child at Neff ECC received brand new books through a partnership with First Book of Greater Houston. We think books and bicycles should be in every child's home.