Ten students at Fieler Elementary School got a great start to their Memorial Day holiday weekend Friday when they received bicycles, donated by Coleen Schultz through the Live, Love, Give Foundation in memory of her son Nick Schultz.
Nick was a Merrillville Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty.
The names of all students who were recognized as "Pirate Stars" throughout the year were placed in a drawing, and one boy and one girl from each grade were awarded the new bikes.
Pirate Stars are students who demonstrate the character trait or virtue of the week.
Front from left: Sophia Payan and Kamerson Forbes, kindergarten; Chantel McDonald and Tyree Speedy, first grade; D'Arcy Ledford, second grade; A'Niyah Kelly and Jesse Robinson, third grade; Aaliyah Echols and Tramon Thompson, fourth grade; back row: Assistant Principal Amy Hinkel; School Resource Officer Det. Cpl. Allison Ellis; mascot Pirate Pete; Coleen Schultz from the Live, Love, Give Foundation; School Resource Officer Mike Bunnell; Principal Mike Meygesi. Not pictured is bike winner Isiah Carter, second grade.