More than a dozen students at this Northeast El Paso school walked to school on Wednesday morning but rode off on their way home in a brand new bicycle, thanks to the generosity of a hometown hero.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones, an El Paso native and Burges High School graduate, donated 15 new bikes for deserving students at Stanton.
Jones, who has a long tradition of visiting EPISD schools and working, was scheduled to deliver the bicycles in person but had to cancel because of an injury. Instead, his uncle and godfather came along to make the holiday season extra special for the benefited students.
“Aaron loves the people of El Paso,” said his godfather Michael Swopes. “We’re partnering up to deliver these bikes because what kid doesn’t like a brand new bike?”
Stanton Principal Dr. Sarah Chavez-Gibson said the donation is extra special because it comes from someone who went through the EPISD school system and is now closing to give back.
“He’s very gracious to make this donations for our kids and our communities,” she said.