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BMX show wows Roberts students, teachers

Sugar Hill resident Russell Summerville performs a stunt on Friday at Roberts Elementary. Summerville and two other members of The Freestyle Connection, an Athens-based BMX stunt team, put on the show as a reward after the school exceeded a $25,000 goal for the annual PTA fundraising campaign.

Sugar Hill resident Russell Summerville performs a stunt on Friday at Roberts Elementary. Summerville and two other members of The Freestyle Connection, an Athens-based BMX stunt team, put on the show as a reward after the school exceeded a $25,000 goal for the annual PTA fundraising campaign.

SUWANEE -- It wasn't your average afternoon assembly. And after a crowd-pleasing show that brought plenty of cheers and reactions from students, they weren't the only ones who enjoyed the event.

"I don't know who the most excited, the kids, the parents or the teachers," said Roberts Elementary PTA vice president Valerie Vickrey.

Roberts hosted a BMX stunt team, The Freestyle Connection, based in Athens, to perform tricks and stunts on bikes on Friday in front of the school on three foot and five foot ramps. The event was a reward after students exceeded a PTA fundraising goal of $25,000 that families donated through a check-writing campaign to upgrade and add technology in the school.

The three-man stunt team performed for about 40 minutes, but also reminded students to pursue their goals and dreams, and stay away from tobacco and drugs.

"It's the satisfaction of steering kids in the right direction," said one of the stunt men, Sugar Hill resident Russell Summerville.

The highlight of the show came when Principal Dion Jones sat atop the five foot ramp in a lawn chair as one of the stunt men, Kyle Kelsey, jumped over him, and cleared nine feet in the air with ease.

Jones said the excitement for the stunt assembly exceeded just about any other during the year. One way Jones noticed that was after he left the school on Friday morning to attend a technology conference, two students noticed his truck missing and wondered if he had planned to skip out of the assembly.

"This is the most excited they've been for any assembly we've done in the building," Jones said. "Every day since last week those kids have been stopping me in the hallway, 'When is the bike show? When is the bike show? When are you getting jumped over?'"

With money raised from the campaign, Jones said the school would purchase iPads and MimioTeach devices so students can interact with teachers and a smartboard in each classroom.