Bikes for Kids

Barberi Law has begun its annual Bikes for Kids contest, where we choose deserving children to receive a free bike this summer. The contest was launched to recognize exceptional children in the community who perform acts of kindness while also promoting bicycle safety. Since we first began our Bikes for Kids contest, we have given away over 50 bikes! The team at Barberi Law is so excited to be in our 8th year of recognizing deserving children!

Children can be nominated by anyone for any reason, as long as the child’s actions have had a positive impact in their community. Parents, grandparents, teachers, family members, and family friends are encouraged to enter their child into the Bikes for Kids contest by telling us, in approximately 150 words, why the nominated child should be awarded a bike recognizing the child’s kind actions.

This year we will be giving away 8 bikes to children in the local community. You can make a nomination anytime between May 1st and July 31st, 2023. Each week following Memorial Day, we will announce 1 winner. A bike will be fitted, and a helmet and lock will be provided to each child, courtesy of our partnership with My 104.3, Merchandise Outlet, and The Jump Station! This summer’s Bikes for Kids winners will be featured on My 104.3, The Morning Sun and Barberi Law’s Facebook page.

Fill out the Nomination Form Today!

2022 Winners

2022 B4K WinnersLucas Rice, age 13, from Weidman, MI. Lucas began volunteering at HopeWell Ranch in the spring of 2022. He’s been able to flourish in an environment where he can share in the work with lots of laughs and smiles and build great friendships too. Lucas is growing in his responsibilities at the ranch. He’s learning the care of the animals there and has been promoted to Junior Mentor during the summer program “Unbridled Potential,” where he assists children with relationship building and emotional regulation. We know everyone at HopeWell Ranch is very proud of Lucas, and we are as well!

Grace Supanich, from Stanwood, Michigan. Grace is 13 years old and will be entering the 9th grade this fall at Morely-Stanwood.  Grace was nominated by her fellow church parishioner, Deb Bush, for her dedication to the church and helping others. Grace is a very responsible and hardworking young person. She serves her church in any way that she is asked to, and regularly takes part in the services. She also works in the church nursery, and helps with the Children’s Church. Grace also can be found helping to clean up her neighbors’ yards, by pulling weeds and doing routine maintenance for them. Along with helping in the church nursery, Grace also loves to babysit and be around children whenever she can.  Grace is also a great student, striving to be on the honor roll each semester and participating in both basketball and track teams. Keep up the wonderful work Grace, we know you’ll continue to do great things!

Ava Martin from Mt. Pleasant. Ava is 7 years old, turning 8 this weekend, Happy Birthday Ava! She will be in the 2nd grade this fall at Ganiard Elementary. Ava was nominated by her mother, Jenny Martin, for her dedication to helping domesticate, train, and ultimately help to adopt feral cats in her neighborhood. Along with Ava’s neighbor, Joelle, they have rescued over 20 cats since beginning their mission in 2020. Ava helps to spot the cats, feed them, and socialize them, so that one day they can find a loving home of their own. Ava is always very eager to help and has been very successful at taming cats that have had limited contact with people. We here at Barberi Law can’t think of a more deserving child of a new bike! Keep up the great work Ava!

Vivian Blandford, age 12, from Alma, MI. Vivian is going into the 7th grade this Fall at Donald L. Pavlik Middle School and is the daughter of Dave and Virginia Blandford. Vivian is a tremendous young lady with a bright future. She is involved with many extracurricular activities, including dance, the Highland Festival, her community garden, Girls Scouts, Student Council, The Middle School Newspaper, and many other things, just to name a few. Vivian was first nominated by her teacher, Ms. Goffnett, for the Wee Queen of Scotts at the Highland Festival and then for the same accolades by her parents for our Bikes for Kids Program. Vivian is very deserving of a new bike, even with a broken arm, that she seems to be taking with stride. Vivian’s teacher, Ms. Goffnett nominated Vivian for having taken interest in a student with a vision impairment in her class. Her teacher stated that Vivian has been a huge support for this student by helping with organization, explaining math concepts that may be confusing, and making sure the equipment and resources needed are charged and ready to go each day. She wasn’t asked to do this; she saw a need and willingly and enthusiastically filled it. Vivian’s parents explained that she was grateful to have the opportunity to learn more about this specific type of disability and it was making her consider possible career paths she might want to explore. We congratulate Vivian on being such a wonderful role model for others and taking an interest in her fellow classmates! We hope that you continue to follow your dreams Vivian!

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