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Letter Home, Summer 2009
A Freewheeling Gift from the Class of 2009
It's a tradition at St. John's for seniors to leave a class gift behind, funded by their donations. In the past, graduating seniors have created funds for gifts such as a DVD library and a binding machine for senior essays. The Class of 2009 chose to create a new program that will make at least a dozen bicycles available for students and other members of the community to check out for recreational riding or to run errands around town.
A committee of 20 students worked diligently on evaluating ideas for the class gift, narrowing proposals to three finalists. The ideas went up for a vote by the entire senior class, and the bicycle program won. Kea Wilson and Tabitha Hall (both of the class of 2009) worked with Gina Lee, assistant director of Annual Giving, to select bicycles. They settled on Specialized's Globe Commuter bikes, sturdy vehicles for casual around-town riding, but comfortable for longer rides as well. Earlier this spring, six bicycles and helmets were purchased, and three graduating students donated their own bicycles to the program.
Miss Hall, who worked in a bike shop at home in Ohio, hopes students will form a new club to organize cycling trips to Quiet Waters Park or the B&A Trail, both easily reached from downtown. "Annapolis is a great town for cycling," she says.
When they return in the fall, students will be able to check bicycles, helmets, and locks out from the college's Public Safety office. Ms. Lee, knowing that students would be eager for the chance to make the trip to Graul's Supermarket in West Annapolis, helped the students choose bikes with racks for grocery bags and backpacks.