Racine school gets kid new bike after his was stolen

CREATED Feb. 4, 2013

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RACINE - A 7th grader from Racine was forced to walk to school for nearly two miles in the cold after someone stole his bike.

The quick action of school officials came to his rescue.

Jonathon Keech rides his bike to Walden School in Racine every day, whether it's rain, snow or shine.

He's always early to help first-hour English teacher Kate Potter-Barrow.

"Every morning, I'd watch very carefully for him and make sure he got here," Potter-Barrow told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

One day last month, Potter-Barrow noticed something unusual.

"His cheeks were bright red...He matter of factly said 'I had to walk today because my bike got stolen,' and he's got this real positive, happy attitude.

Keech, 12, left his home at 5:50 a.m., walked nearly two miles in the dark along Highway 20 and made it to school on time.

"It was horrible.  I thought I had frostbite under my ears."

Keech lives 1.9 miles from school.  At two miles, children can catch the bus.

"I said we've got to get this kid a bike, and we've got to do it ASAP," said Potter-Barrow.

Just a few hours later, they did.

Walden's school resource officer cleaned up his old bike and they presented it to Keech.

"When they told me it was mine, I almost cried.  I was keeping it in."

With it came a bus pass to avoid cold rides in the winter.

"It was a horrible thing that happened, but the teachers and staff here made it turn around," said Keech.