BMX stunts reward fundraiser participants

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

November 29, 2013

Rise Above BMX visited Elkin Elementary School Nov. 18 to perform their innovative tricks for the students.

The performance was a reward for the students from the school’s Parent Teacher Association.

“Any of the children in the school who sold four items during out fall fundraiser gained admission into the show,” the PTA’s Sherry Chappell said.

Students who sold a larger amount were awarded VIP treatment.

“Those children who sold 10 or more items were given a VIP bracelet, and they were allowed to stay after the show and get autographs and take pictures and those kinds of things,” Chappell said.

Rise Above works with more than 300 schools annually to put on shows. The group performs for field days, as fundraising incentives and other school events.

The cyclists present a message of drug-free awareness to the students while passing out posters and other BMX items. The stunts are specially choreographed to thrill the crowds, but riders warn the children not to attempt them at home.

One jump in particular included a rider jumping over Assistant Principal Lisa Pendry as she sat in a chair at the top of a ramp.

Pendry raised her arms like a football field goal and the rider sailed between her outstretched hands.

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