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Gerdau rewards Lonsdale students with new bikes

May 20, 2016

New bicycles and helmets celebrate outstanding 2015-16 attendance

Lonsdale Elementary School second grader Lena Domingo-Geronimo is happy to have a pretty, new bike in recognition of her excellent attendance throughout the school year.

Lonsdale Elementary School second grader Lena Domingo-Geronimo is happy to have a pretty, new bike in recognition of her excellent attendance throughout the school year.

Steel recycler Gerdau recently presented new bicycles and safety helmets to 12 Lonsdale Elementary School students in recognition of their outstanding attendance during the 2015-16 school year.

The presentation marked the fifth year that the Knoxville steel mill has rewarded Lonsdale Elementary students with best attendance. The company presented the bikes and safety helmets to kindergartners Noemi Andres-Pedro and Matteo Bartolome-Diego; first graders Lelia Nicolas-Juan and Baltazar Pedro-Pascual; second graders Lena Domingo-Geronimo and Karla Juan-Andres; third graders Juana Domingo-Juan and Joscelin Mazariegos; fourth graders Yareli Perez and Juana Sebastian-Manuel; and fifth graders Marselina Francisco-Lorenzo and Emilio Tomas-Francisco.

“Gerdau is a longtime partner with Lonsdale Elementary, and we remain committed to supporting our neighbor,” said Gerdau Vice President and General Manager Johnny Miller. “Rewarding these kids with new bikes and helmets is special to us because it recognizes the commitment and dedication of these young students and also encourages them to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Amy Brace, principal at Lonsdale Elementary School, is a big proponent of the program. “We truly appreciate this generous gift from Gerdau,” Brace said. “Both our school and Gerdau are parts of the Lonsdale neighborhood, and we are working together to make our community a better place.”

Steel recycler Gerdau recently presented new bikes and safety helmets to students at Lonsdale Elementary School to celebrate best attendance at each grade level. The company presented the rewards to (front row) kindergarteners Matteo Bartolome-Diego and Noemi Andres-Pedro; first graders Lelia Nicolas-Juan and Baltazar Pedro-Pascual; second graders Karla Juan-Andres and Lena Domingo-Geronimo; third graders Joscelin Mazariegos and Juana Domingo-Juan; fourth graders Juana Sebastian-Manuel and Yareli Perez; and fifth graders Marselina Francisco-Lorenzo and Emilio Tomas-Francisco. Great Schools Partnership community resource coordinator Kori Lautner (second row); Gerdau representatives Darrell Sharp, Katie Wallace and David Turner; Lonsdale Elementary School Principal Amy Brace; and Gerdau representatives Wesley Mills, Damien Rose and Steve Nash participated in the presentation to the students.

Steel recycler Gerdau recently presented new bikes and safety helmets to students at Lonsdale Elementary School to celebrate best attendance at each grade level. The company presented the rewards to (front row) kindergartners Matteo Bartolome-Diego and Noemi Andres-Pedro; first-graders Lelia Nicolas-Juan and Baltazar Pedro-Pascual; second-graders Karla Juan-Andres and Lena Domingo-Geronimo; third-graders Joscelin Mazariegos and Juana Domingo-Juan; fourth-graders Juana Sebastian-Manuel and Yareli Perez; and fifth-graders Marselina Francisco-Lorenzo and Emilio Tomas-Francisco. Great Schools Partnership community resource coordinator Kori Lautner (second row); Gerdau representatives Darrell Sharp, Katie Wallace and David Turner; Lonsdale Elementary School Principal Amy Brace; and Gerdau representatives Wesley Mills, Damien Rose and Steve Nash participated in the presentation to the students.

About Gerdau

Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has over 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York, and Madrid and has around 140,000 shareholders.

In 2016, Gerdau won the Knoxville Chamber Impact Award in recognition of its broad community support of its Lonsdale neighbors.

For more information, visit http://www.gerdau.com.