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Union Gap Car Dealer Gives Away Bikes to Students

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UNION GAP, Wash. -- A car dealer in Union Gap gave out nearly 300 bikes to local students who didn't miss a day of school this year.

The program is called "PACE," which stands for "Perfect Attendance Creates Excellence".

Bud Clary Toyota came up with the idea last year and distributed the bikes to about 80 students.

This year they expanded it to more schools and the number ballooned up to nearly 300.

"I didn't really know what we were getting into, we just wanted to encourage the student and try to have a small role in their education. But as it turned out, we just saw tremendous success stories," said Jeff Mattson, General Manager of Toyota in Yakima.

They gave out half the bikes Thursday and the rest Friday.

The dealer hopes to continue the program next year and they say several other school districts have expressed interest.