Optimist Club awards bikes to contest winners

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Neighbors | Submitted.Sgt. Chuck Hillman (left) is pictured with West Boulevard fourth-grader Aly Murray and Atty. Chet Horlick. Murray won a bike from the Boardman Optimist Club for her winning submission in the club's Safety Poster Coloring Contest.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Pictured are Sgt. Chuck Hillman, Boardman Optimist Club President, with Market Street fourth-grader Maurice Ware and Atty. Chet Horlick. Ware received a new bike for his winning poster in the Boardman Optimist Club's Safety Poster Coloring Contest.

The last week of school brought a big surprise for two Boardman fourth-graders – a brand new bicycle.

This is the second year that the Boardman Optimist Club has invited all fourth-grade students in the Boardman Schools to participate in a Bike Safety Poster Coloring Contest.

The overall first place winner for the boys and girls were each awarded a new bike and safety helmet.

Maurice Ware of Market Street Elementary School took home a cherry red bike.

Aly Murray of West Boulevard Elementary is now riding a baby blue model.

“Our club sees this as a fun way to promote bicycle safety with children in our community,” said Officer Chuck Hillman, Boardman Optimist Club President.

The Boardman Police Department provided the new helmets to the winners of the bikes.

Other individual school winners were give certificates and Dairy Queen gift cards.

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