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ULM’s TRIO-SSS co-hosts annual kids bike race

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Reagan Smith
ULM Trio
ULM TRIO-SSS Volunteers – (L-R) Back row: Victoria Pittman, Matthew LeBato, Dorothy Armstrong, Khayla Moore, Elizabeth Phillips, Miracle Alexander, Ambrosia Davis, Alfred Henderson, Rainy Brown, Ta'Natia Walter Front Row: Shakonna Sudds, Lillian Myers, Stacia Jinks, Jyssica Hattaway, Alicia Williams.

MONROE, LA - The University of Louisiana Monroe TRIO Programs, Student Support Services (ULM TRIO-SSS), held the 4th Annual Free Kids Bike Race on Saturday, October 15, at Tower Place in Monroe. Parents and their children 12 years old and under were invited to participate in the event.

ULM TRIO-SSS volunteers prepared goody bags to give out to kids before and after the races. The students then started the children with fun, pre-race stretches and warm-up exercises. Volunteers cheered the racers on and encouraged them on the sidelines as they pedaled, while also ensuring that none of the bikers went out of bounds.

Following each race, the Pelican State Credit Union staff gave prizes to kids and parents from local businesses, with three children receiving a free bike. Refreshments and games were available for all the racers and their families to enjoy.

To help students understand the necessity of giving back, the ULM TRIO-SSS program coordinates a community service project every semester for program participants. These opportunities provide students with chances to develop civic accountability and other important skills that prepare them to be thoughtful and productive citizens within their own community.

“ULM TRIO-SSS strives to make an impact not only on campus, but also in the community. By coordinating various community service opportunities, it allows the participants a chance to see the influence they can have on others,” said Jyssica Hattaway, life coach and retention specialist for ULM TRIO-SSS.

ULM’s Student Support Services (SSS) is a comprehensive, federally funded program that aids undergraduate students at ULM. SSS assists, from helping students select classes in their first semester to preparing for their first job interview, and provides intensive academic, personal, and career counseling to help students reach their goals at ULM. For more information on TRIO-SSS, click here.