As the Skokie School District 69 gears up for Sunday's Carter Vo memorial bike ride, the community is seeking helmet donations to accommodate bikers. The event aims to build solidarity amongst young bicyclists in the area.
"This is a chance to get kids back on their bikes," said Madison School Principal Chelsey Maxwell, who's coordinating the event. Vo, a nine-year-old student at Madison School, was killed on May 21 after being struck by a car while biking on the sidewalk.
"We are highlighting this as a positive healing event for the community—Carter's family is going to be there. . . we’re also doing this for them," Maxwell said. "Even the Mayor will be biking with us." Monetary donations for the Vo family are also being accepted.
Maxwell said that responses to the event have been "very positive" with especially the "Skokie Poice Department and Village officials really coming together." A fire truck will lead the procession, while riders will also be accompanied by police on bicycles.
Businesses, such as Village Inn, have also given a hand, offering $500 in additional funds to the money raised during their May 24 benefit.
Interested in making a goods donation for the memorial bike ride? Email Chelsey Maxwell at MaxwellC@skokie69.net. Donations to the Vo family can be made at First Bank & Trust (8047 Skokie Blvd) or at any
District 69 school office. Checks should be made to the Carter Vo Memorial Fund.