Students at Charleston Development Academy Elementary School are "going places" thanks to former CCSD teacher Katie Blomquist, her non-profit Going Places
, local businesses, and volunteers from the community. On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, every elementary student found out they had received a brand-new bike. Students, staff, and families met outside and then watched as dozens of volunteers and The City of Charleston hoisted large tarps to reveal hundreds of bicycles with the name "The Reason" on them.
Blomquist and Going Places have now arranged for new bikes to be donated to every student at eight CCSD schools: Pepperhill Elementary (2017), Mount Zion Elementary (2018), Sanders-Clyde Elementary (2019), Edith L. Frierson Elementary (2019), Stono Park Elementary (2020), Jane Edwards Elementary (2020), Lambs Elementary (2021), and Matilda F. Dunston Elementary (2022). Charleston Development Academy became the ninth school this week. Several more schools have received bikes through mini-reveals as well.
Charleston County School District and CDA are thankful for Blomquist's commitment to spreading joy in the CCSD community, and for the work done by Going Places, local businesses, and volunteers.