Dalton Elem. student donating award to child in need




Posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 5:26 PM

DALTON GARDENS, Idaho--A Dalton Elementary School student decided Monday to take her recent award for perfect attendance and help a complete stranger.

An auto dealership awarded new bicycles to dozens of graduating elementary school students who had perfect attendance during the 2012-2013 year.

Fifth grader, Ryleigh Palmer, set out to earn the bicycle at the beginning of the year. She said teachers announced that every student with perfect attendance would receive a bicycle at the end of the year. It also meant kids could not come to school late.

Palmer had never had perfect attendance before.

“I was nervous that I wasn't going to be able to do it,” said Palmer.

Parker Toyota eventually awarded Palmer and eight of her other classmates brand new bicycles. Palmer said she never intended to keep the bike.

“It’s sad that people in this world don't have money and stuff,” said Palmer. “They can't get a bike.”

Palmer decided early in her quest for perfect attendance to give the bike away to a child who did not have one.

“God spoke to me that I should spend my time in school to get a bike,” said Palmer.

She even told Parker Toyota about her plan to give the bicycle away. Later employees decided to give her a second bicycle for vowing to donate the first.

“I was like thank you so much,” said Palmer. “I gave her hug because it made me so happy.”

Palmer and her parents are now looking for a child about her age who would benefit from the first bike.