Biker club clears playground of gravel so disabled children can enjoy recess

Published: May. 2, 2016 at 9:16 AM AKDT
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The Creekside Elementary School play ground got a facelift Sunday when a local biker club cleared it of gravel so the disabled children at the school could go out and enjoy recess with the other students.

It all started when Avlynn Newsom had a difficult time getting her wheelchair out onto the playground because the gravel hadn't been cleared. Avlynn is hearing impaired and has cerebral palsy.

This hit close to home for her father, Andy. “I decided to get a hold of a couple of my brothers, and come out and sweep up the lot,” said Andy Newsom.

With just a day’s notice Newsom got a strong response from the rest of his group and the local chapters of Iron Rockets and Iron Order motorcycle clubs spent Sunday clearing gravel at Creekside Park Elementary playground.

“Normally they push her around when she has her wheel chair, and all the kids enjoy her," Newsom said. "She is probably the most popular kid here at the school with teacher and faculty.”

The clubs, which have chapters around the world, are also known for their philanthropy work and the Anchorage bikers were happy to do it.

"We all banded together. We're kind of like a family," said biker Sam Dresel. “She (Avlynn is) just as much my family as it his, and if there is some way to help him out I will."

It took the group little over two hours to finish clearing the gravel.

Creekside Park Elementary had plans to clear the gravel and had requested a work order from the school district but at a time of year when every school in the district requires playground cleanup.

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