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Posted: June 08, 2017

Teacher who got a bike for every student turns fundraiser into full-time job


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Teacher who got a bike for every student turns fundraiser into full-time job
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By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A teacher has decided to leave the classroom to focus on a pet project that has already brought smiles to hundreds of children.

Katie Bloomquist’s story went viral earlier this year when she gave every child in her elementary school a new bike to call their own. She raised enough money to buy and deliver 560 bikes

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That’s when she realized she was needed for a bigger calling outside the classroom. After four years of teaching at Pepperhill Elementary School, she recently decided to quit her job and launch “Going Places” as a full-time job, WCIV reported.

She hopes to provide a bike for every child in the Charleston County School District eventually, but will focus on those going to a Title I school, where many families in the high-poverty school can’t afford to buy a bike, WCIV reported.

Bloomquist told WCIV that her favorite childhood memories involved riding bikes and she wants others to experience the same thing.

For more on her charity, click here.


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