Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
Around and around they went.
Lincoln Elementary School students in Washington on Friday held a bikeathon to raise money for new playground equipment at the school.
The school’s Parent Teacher Group had an ambitious goal of $12,000, according to PTG President Jodi Williams.
The fundraiser is an annual event at the school. Williams said last year, it was scaled down due to COVID-19. This year, the students were out in force.
Students collected pledges for participating in the fundraiser.
The city blocked the streets around the school on South Fourth Avenue, and students were riding from curb to curb around the block.
Parents Erin Rugg and Sarah Miller, both officers in the Parent Teacher Group, sprayed the riders with water to cool them as they rode.
Other parents handed out water and watched to prevent massive pileups of bike riders.
Fifth-grade teacher Steve Green was charged with keeping the bikes rolling. He had a portable air compressor to inflate tires. For others, he reattached chains and pedals that had fallen off.
Williams said it will be later this week when they learn the final revenues from the fundraiser.