For the seventh consecutive year, Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. and the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s office have gifted area elementary students with new bicycle’s for Christmas.

The give-away for parish kindergarten through fifth-grade students targeted students identified as truants who have progressed to having outstanding school attendance.

This year, 45 bikes were given out to Caddo K-5 students who have worked with Volunteers for Youth Justice’s truancy program to improve attendance.

Doug Paga at Academy Sporting Goods in Shreveport ordered and assembled all the bicycles. Parents received vouchers to pick up bikes from Academy the week of December 18-24.

In addition to the DA’s office, give-away sponsors were Horseshoe, which contributed $10,000, and Ballys, which contributed $2,500 for the purchase of bicycles.