Students Spreading Holiday Cheer through 'Bikes for Tykes'

Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Bikes For Tykes

Spreading Holiday Cheer: Students use their engineering and problem-solving skills to assemble hundreds of bicycles for the local community's Bikes For Tykes project. More than 400 bikes will be assembled, inspected and distributed this year.

Members of the campus community will transform the institute's Facilities Operations Center into Santa's Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 10, assembling hundreds of bicycles to bring holiday cheer for hundreds of Wabash Valley children.

This will be the 18th consecutive year that students, faculty and staff members will participate in the local Bikes for Tykes community service project. A total of 412 bicycles will be assembled, inspected and delivered this year.

"Rose-Hulman students play a big role each year in Bikes For Tykes, fulfilling the wishes of countless children and families," says Julie Wheatley, program coordinator with Chances and Services for Youth, which organizes the Bikes For Tykes project. "After fundraising and working with agencies to collect the names of those in need, [we need to get] the bicycles assembled and prepared for the holiday season. We're fortunate and thankful that the Rose-Hulman community has taken such an interest in helping us each year."

Bikes for Tykes project volunteers include members of Rose-Hulman's Greek organizations, athletic teams, residence life staff and other student groups, along with the Facilities Operations Office staff.

"It is so heartwarming to see our students, faculty and staff working together on such a worthwhile community service project," says Michael Taylor, senior director of facilities operations.