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Originally posted October 27, 2011
Freddy Vega is featured in the new Tulsa People
Vega, a seventh-grader at the Union 6th/7th Grade Center, conceived Bike for a Life, a student-created and student-driven benefit bike ride. He and other Global Gardens students donated 60 percent of Bike for a Life proceeds to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at Saint Francis Children’s Hospital. The May 14, 2011, event drew more than 100 participants and raised $10,279.
Nominated by Annie Ferris, Global Gardens educator:
“Freddy recognized that each passing minute was, in fact, his future and that he could significantly impact his community right now.
“From the time that he pitched his idea and handed me a crumpled print-out of the Google Maps bike route to the moment he danced in celebration at the finish line watching close to 100 people complete the ride, he understood the power of his voice and that his words can fall on the ears of others and inspire them to join in efforts to create positive change.
“A new group of students recently began our Global Gardens after-school program, where Freddy has become a legend! In an impromptu discussion brought up by a fifth-grade student who knew Freddy and watched his dream come to tremendous fruition last year, she described his work to the new students. At a time which has proven year after year to be focused solely on the advent of achieving personal gardens and planting, this year the students have responded most strongly to Freddy’s legacy and are already planning community service efforts in suit.
“Freddy has provided our entire program a tangible example of the supreme benefits of child-led reaching and modeling and the power of your voice to create peace.”
Merry Lahti is featured in Tulsa People magazine as an Unsung Hero! Congratulations!
Lahti, a fifth-grade teacher at McAuliffe Elementary School, volunteers annually to work with children performing as part of Tulsa Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”