Bruneau Elementary Schools’ 67 students got an early Christmas present: bikes. They were a gift from the USS Foundation, founded by Adel Sayegh who runs Universal Surveillance Systems which makes anti shoplifting devices.
The school is located in Bruneau, 21 miles south of Mountain Home. It was one was one of four schools to get bikes across the country. The school is 95 percent low income, according to the foundation.
“Because of the continuing tough economy, these bikes may be the only Christmas gift under the tree this year for many of these kids” said Sayegh, “I grew up in poverty, so I understand how difficult it can be to struggle to make a better life. I’ve dedicated my life to giving back to others by instilling in them the self confidence and drive to work hard, stay in school and reach for their dreams.”
The foundation, located in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was moved by the responses from children and others when they asked Bruneau Elementary why they would like to receive the bikes, a company spokesman said.
After the bikes were distributed, one student wrote the foundation. “Thank you very much, This is the nicest thing they have done for our school. My entire family got a bike.”
That letter and others are posted on the foundation’s Facebook page.
Get more information on the foundation here.