SALT LAKE CITY - May 17, 2011 - Bikes for Kids Utaha non-profit 501(C)3 organization that  annually gives 1,000 new bicycles to pre-qualified, underprivileged second graders, today announced at a Midvale Elementary School assembly the winner of the 2011 Bikes for Kids Utah/Skyline Electric T-Shirt Contest, second grade student Laura Rodrigues. 


B4K 2011 Shirt WinnerRodrigues' design will be printed on the t-shirts to be given to the 1,000 students receiving new bicycles and helmets at the Bikes for Kids Utah bike giveaway this Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.


The Bikes for Kids Utah board selected Rodrigues' t-shirt design from more than 25 submitted by Sandy Elementary School 2nd graders.


"We loved Laura's design and the messages of diversity and safety it contained," said Debbie Reid, founder and director of Bikes for Kids Utah. "Reminding riders to 'Be Safe' and depicting a rider appropriately wearing a helmet was important for us and Laura's design was perfect in that regard."


During a Tuesday-morning assembly at Midvale Elementary School Rodrigues was presented with the first t-shirt featuring her design as well as a certificate of her achievement and prize basket.


"I just wanted to draw a picture of myself riding my bike." Rodrigues said. "It's really exciting that it's on everybody's shirt now."


The 1,000 t-shirts that will be given to children at the May 21 event were donated by Skyline Electric, which has provided funding for the shirts in each of the last four years.


"We're so happy to be able to do this for these kids and the community," said Skyline Electric President Todd Schaffer. "This is the first year I've been able to come to one of the events and it's a lot of fun to be able to present the t-shirt to the design contest winner."

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Photo caption: Second grader Laura Rodrigues, the 2011 Bikes for Kids Utah/Skyline Electric T-Shirt design contest winner, wears her winning t-shirt design with Skyline Electric President Todd Schaffer. Skyline Electric donated funds for 1,000 t-shirts featuring Rodrigues' design to be given away at the May 21 bike giveaway. Photo credit: Bikes for Kids Utah.