St. Jude School helps provide adaptive bikes for Central student with special needs

Special needs bike

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Students of a Baton Rouge private school raised over $2,000 in a recent fundraisers to give a local special needs child a bike made uniquely for their specific needs.

The proceeds raised by the 565 students, faculty and staff at St. Jude The Apostle School was donated to the McLindon Family Foundation, a Baton Rouge based nonprofit organization.

The school participated in several fundraisers including a free dress incentive and social media campaign. The Community Cougars, a 7th and 8th grade service organization ran the fundraising campaign.

The McLinodn Family Foundation worked with a physical therapist at Our Lady of the Lake to secure an adaptive bike for Ainsley Hale.

Ainsley is a fifth-grader at Central Intermediate School with special needs.

Andrew McLindon of the McLinodn Family Foundation presented the bike to Ainsley and her family during an assembly at St. Jude School on Friday.

Many of the students who donated joined together and created a tunnel for Ainsley to ride her brand new bike through.

After the assembly, Ainsley told us why she is so excited to have her own bike.

“When I was younger, I used to ride a regular bike with training wheels and it was really hard to balance and so I’m so glad that I get this bike and (because) I’ve wanted to ride a bike for a long time.
Ainsley Hale, 5th Grader at Central Intermediate School

This story submission come to us from our WAFB “good news” Facebook group. Click here to learn more about our group or share a story you’d like to see in our broadcasts.

Copyright 2018 WAFB. All rights reserved.