Queens DA Unwraps New Bikes For Rockaway Kids
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced that 30 Far Rockaway children who attend public schools that participate in his STAR Track (Straight Talk About Risks) anti-violence program have received brand-new bicycles as a surprise gift in a partnership with the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation, founded by the New York Jets offensive tackle for whom it is named.
Brown said, “The children – who were told they were putting together bicycles for someone else – were delighted when they learned that the shiny new bikes they each helped to build were instead a gift that they could take home.”
He also praised Ferguson and his foundation for “their generosity and thoughtfulness during the holiday season.”
Ferguson said, “A new bicycle is on almost every child’s wish list. Unfortunately, in these tough economic times every parent can’t afford to buy their child a new bike. We are happy to be able to make a few wishes become reality.”
The District Attorney’s Office stated that the children, selected by their school’s principal based on their community service, were invited to participate at the event on Saturday morning at P.S. 104 on Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway.
They were told they were helping to build a bicycle which would be given as a holiday gift to a child who was less fortunate than themselves. Once the bikes had been completed, with the help of their parents and other volunteers, the children were told in fact they had just built themselves a bicycle that they would be taking home with them. The children were also provided with helmets and bicycle safety tips.
Five children each between the ages of 9 and 12 were chosen from the following STAR Track schools; P.S. 104, P.S. 197, P.S./M.S. 43, P.S. 215, P.S. 106 and P.S./M.S. 333 in Rockaway.
Lunch for all of the children and volunteers was provided by White Castle.
The District Attorney’s STAR Track anti-violence program enlists assistant district attorneys and other members of the District Attorney’s Office, members of the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Office and members of the Queens Law Associates who assigned to classes at each of the 10 participating Far Rockaway schools, from elementary through high school, throughout the school year to talk about the risks of guns, drugs, gangs and how to make the right choices.
The program’s curriculum is designed to drive down the crime rate and build up self-esteem, confidence and the quality of life for the students.