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More than 300 ECISD students receive gift of new bicycles

Christmas came a little early for 2nd graders at three ECISD elementary schools Tuesday, as they received new bikes and helmets courtesy of Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Wish for Wheels.

On November 15, a group of about 50 OXY employees held a literal team building event, when they met at Cavazos Elementary to assemble some 325 bikes. Once finished, they presented them to the 2nd-grade students there at Cavazos, then at West Elementary and finally at Cameron Elementary that afternoon. Their work covers everything from opening the boxes, assembling the bikes, doing a quality check, staging them pickup, putting air in the tires, fitting each bike for each student, fitting each student’s helmet, and then taking each student for a practice ride. In some cases, this is the students first bicycle and first time riding one.

Shelly Williams, OXY Permian Basin Community Relations/Employee Engagement, said “It is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences. Our employees live and work right here, this is our neighborhood and our community. These children are amazing and so well-deserving.”

Wish for Wheels is a non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado, that partners with companies who fund, build, and donate brand new bikes and helmets to 2nd graders at Title I schools around the country. Learn more about them at OXY is one of the largest oil and gas producers in the United States with the Permian Basin being one its primary locations.

See more coverage of this incredible event: OXY, Wish for Wheels donate 568 bikes to 2nd graders (CBS 7) and ECISD students new bikes courtesy of OXY, Wish for Wheels.


Volunteer puts helmet on student's head














OXY volunteer attaches handle bars to bike














OXY volunteer helps student balance on bike ride