HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thirty dedicated students at Hattiesburg's Hawkins Elementary School have received early Christmas gifts, thanks to the generosity of a Hattiesburg retailer.
Friday, Academy Sports and Outdoors donated 30 bicycles to the school.
They were given away to nearly two dozen students who had perfect attendance this semester. The remaining bikes went to selected students who only missed one day of school this year.
"It's our second annual and we continue to do so," said Louis Tenney, store director of the Academy Sports and Outdoors in Hattiesburg. "It's a program that we started in the whole chain about seven years ago and it's been really successful and we love partnering with the kids," Tenney said.
"We always encourage our students to come to school on a daily basis," said Donna Scott, principal of Hawkins Elementary School. "This has been an awesome incentive and the reaction that was here today lets us know how much they really appreciated it," Scott said.
Last year, Academy Sports and Outdoors made a similar donation to Rowan Elementary School.