Poverty casts a dark shadow over parts of Charlotte, NC, with students at Devonshire Elementary School not expecting much of a Christmas this year knowing that their parents could not afford to put presents under the Christmas tree. But they discovered that miracles happen. Thanks to the collaboration of the Lowe’s Loss Prevention and Safety Department and the Loss Prevention Foundation, children at Devonshire Elementary were able to celebrate the holiday season with brand new bicycles. The LPF, supported by Lowe’s, raised over $10,000 for Devonshire Elementary. The USS Foundation felt truly honored by the Loss Prevention Foundation and the Lowe’s Loss Prevention and Safety Department’s participation in Adopt-a-Bike. Over 100 bicycles were given to Devonshire students for their academic effort, good behavior and attendance at an assembly in December. Captain Mike Smith of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office provided a motivating bike safety instruction before Claude Verville of Lowe’s dressed as Santa Claus/Santa Claude presented the bikes.
The team will be back in June to award 12 additional bikes to two students in each grade who have shown outstanding academic effort, excellent attendance and extraordinary behavior during the school year. The event was made possible through the generosity of the Loss Prevention Foundation, Lowe's, Walmart, Food Lion, Family Dollar, Visually Creative Video, Security Resources, Spark Enterprises, Inc., Iverify, Art Barraza, Margie Bland, Robert Bond, John Doggette, Scott Draher, Robert Gognstad, Sandy Hinson, Lance Incitti, Denise Jennings, Drancis Johns, William Jones, Ruth LaBernz-Miller, Curtis Leininger, Kevin McMenimen, Mark Mellor, Kevin Morrison, Monica Mullins, Donna Murphy, William Napier, Chris O'Leary, Jennifer Payseur, Elizabeth Rabun, Dave Roberts, John Selevitch, Terry Sullivan, Karen Vanbrunt, Jessica Verran and Claude Verville.