Rocky Mount, NC (PRWEB) December 11, 2013
When Kim Hampton asked her coworkers at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, NC, for a little help, she said she expected few responses. Instead, what she got made her realize there’s no shortage of kindness on her campus.
“Transportation for students is our No. 1 problem,” said Hampton, the college’s counselor/student support specialist. “Nine out of 10 students who come to me ask for help with transportation. We have a lot of students who walk to school.”
In August, Hampton sent out an email to employees asking for bicycle donations to make it easier for some students to get to classes.
“I expected maybe one; I received three,” she said.
The bikes needed minor repairs, but Hampton didn’t have to worry about that either. Al Carroll, chair/instructor of Automotive Systems Technology, and his students jumped at the chance to help, she says. One bike was missing a seat, so a student donated one.
“Out of the goodness of their hearts, they said they’d take care of the bikes,” Hampton explained. “They really didn’t have time for it, but it was wonderful for those students to do something for other students. They were proud to fix the bikes.”
Jaime Raya, a 23-year-old student who attends classes on Edgecombe Community College’s Rocky Mount campus, received one of the donated bikes.
“Sometimes, I didn’t have the funds to ride the bus, and I’ve had to ask for a ride or for someone to loan me money to get to school,” Raya said. “I’ve even had to walk about 45 minutes to get to class. But, I had to do it, so I am very thankful for the bike.”
Hampton said Raya and Ralph Willis both received bikes this year, and the third bike soon will be ready for another student to ride.
“The students who received the bikes were overjoyed and really, really excited,” Hampton said.
The college offers Tar River Transit bus tokens to students who need transportation to classes, but offering them a bike instead gives them more flexibility and freedom.
“It makes it easier for them to get to school,” Hampton said. “And I would rather give them the means than bus tokens.”
She hopes to get more donated bicycles in order to provide additional students with a dependable ride.
Anyone who would like to donate bikes to the college can contact Hampton at (252) 823-5166, ext. 259, or hamptonk(at)edgecombe(dot)edu.
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Steady growth and expanding impact have characterized Edgecombe Community College as it has evolved from one small building in 1968 into a multi-campus institution with campuses in Tarboro and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The college helped meet the educational and training needs of about 13,000 individuals in our community last year. This included the implementation of distance learning and online courses to reach students with travel and time barriers. Throughout, their strength is and will remain putting the needs of students first.