Organizations build bicycles for deserving Reading students

Organizations build bicycles for deserving Reading students

WYOMISSING, Pa. - A brand new bicycle can mean the world to a kid. On Wednesday, members of the Reading community came together to put together a special gift for some smart students.

More than 100 members of Berkshire Systems Group, a Shillington-based systems company, joined members of the Reading Bike Hub and the Reading School District at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Wyomissing to build bikes for some special Reading students.

"I know as a kid growing up in Reading that having a bicycle was such a magical thing," said Alex Brown, the principal at Northeast Middle School.

"We broke down into groups to do it and everyone seemed to enjoy the process," said Dede Berk, an employee with Berkshire Systems Group.

They assembled bikes that will be donated to some Reading School District "CHAMPS."

"It's an acronym -- CHAMPS. It stands for courteous, honorable, accountable, motivated, prepared and successful," Brown explained.

One of those "CHAMPS" is 10th and Penn Elementary School student Jadriel Cosme.

"Get good grades, listen to the teacher and get awards," Cosme said, smiling after he found out he'd be getting a brand new bike.

"A lot of kids got hidden talents and they just don't have the bike to show it," said Jason Orth, manager of Reading Bike Hub.

Organizers said helping students find those talents can inspire, motivate and take them further.

"This has the ability bring together the philosophies, the teamwork, the communication," said Beth Hahn, the president of Berkshire Systems Group.

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