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1st graders raise money for adaptive bike

Posted at 9:07 PM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 21:07:41-04

INDIANAPOLIS – A few months ago, Indianapolis Public Schools received a $100,000 donation from Salesforce to fulfill requests written by the district’s teachers.

The money bought iPads, classroom supplies and a lot more for students. 

VIDEO: Salesforce donates $100,000 to IPS teachers

But students at one school asked for something you can't put a price on. 

The Center for Inquiry School 27 asked for an adaptive bike for students with disabilities. The bike lets them pedal, or they can be pushed if need be – a bike that lets them ride around with the rest of their classmates.

Ann Mennonno’s first grade class came up with the idea last winter. Her kids realized students in the class next door had no way to be a part of their bike races or their daily fun, and they wanted to do something about it.

"We want all of our kids to be included. It's sad when something, we have to sit on the sidelines and watch other people do things that we can't do so, and seeing our kid’s faces light up when they're riding the bike with their friends, it's awesome,” Intermediate Life Skills Teacher Devin Bean said. 

One at a time, students at the school, who live with a variety of disabilities, pedaled or were pushed around the playground.

Kids from all different backgrounds and different abilities played together, laughed together and included each other in their fun.

A gift you can’t put a price tag on.