The last day of school was an exciting one for departing Sir John A. Cumber students, from looking forward to the freedom of summer to starting high school in the fall.

One group of Year 6 youngsters got an added bonus in the form of new bikes, presented to them in recognition of their athletic achievements and leadership off the field.

The bike donation program was initiated by West Bayer Floyd Bush, who in the past has contributed countless hours to school sports and activities at Sir John A. Cumber.

Six students received a new bike, each sponsored by a member of the extended “family” of the West Bay school.

“Each year, I reach out to people who have made a mark in the community, asking them to support giving these kids the bikes that acknowledge their accomplishments in sports and leadership,” said Mr. Bush.

Sports are a big part of student life at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School.
Sports are a big part of student life at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School.

The sponsors include former students and other community members.

This year’s bike recipients were Nassaria Whittaker, Stoyanna Stewart, Karlisha Rose, Brianna Smith, Stephen Watson and Umar Gordon, who all said they were very excited and surprised to learn they had won the new wheels.

“We recognize kids that stood out to their teachers and peers to have demonstrated athletic involvement, and shown leadership on the field and on campus,” said Mr. Bush, who has organized the bike prizes for 10 years.

“I wanted to give back something to West Bay, and the school was my choice as it touches on so many aspects of the community, and, most importantly, it makes the kids happy.”