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Gerdau rewards Lonsdale students with new bikes

May 22, 2017

New bicycles and helmets celebrate 2016-17 best attendance

Steel recycler Gerdau today presented new bicycles and safety helmets to 12 Lonsdale Elementary School students in recognition of best attendance during the 2016-17 school year.

The presentation marked the sixth year that the Knoxville steel mill has rewarded the school’s students with the best attendance. The company presented the bikes and safety helmets to kindergartners James Harelimana and Aida Geronimo-Miguel; first-graders Eulalia Lorenzo-Francisco and Juan Pascual-Pablo; second-graders Ariana Thomas and Jaqueline Martines; third-graders Juan Pedro-Pascual and Berenize Dominguez; fourth-graders Moses Richardson and Chaddy Ombeni; and fifth-graders Anthony Glenn and Karla Domingo-Domingo.

Steel recycler Gerdau presented new bikes and safety helmets to students at Lonsdale Elementary School on May 22 to celebrate best attendance at each grade level. The company presented the rewards to (front row, from left) fifth-graders Karla Domingo-Domingo and Anthony Glenn; fourth-graders Chaddy Ombeni and Moses Richardson; third-graders Berenize Dominguez and Juan Pedro-Pascual; second-grader Jaqueline Martines; first-graders Juan Pascual-Pablo and Eulalia Lorenzo-Francisco; and kindergartners Aida Geronimo-Miguel and James Harelimana. On hand for the presentation were (second row, from left) Gerdau representatives Steve Nash, Jamie Gass, Daryl Sharp, Ron Fritz, Chris Kimble, Johnny Miller, Katie Wallace and Gwen Reichel, along with Lonsdale Elementary School Principal Wendy Hansard and Great Schools Partnership community resource coordinator Kori Lautner. Not pictured: second-grader Ariana Thomas.

Steel recycler Gerdau presented new bikes and safety helmets to students at Lonsdale Elementary School on May 22 to celebrate best attendance at each grade level. The company presented the rewards to (front row, from left) fifth-graders Karla Domingo-Domingo and Anthony Glenn; fourth-graders Chaddy Ombeni and Moses Richardson; third-graders Berenize Dominguez and Juan Pedro-Pascual; second-grader Jaqueline Martines; first-graders Juan Pascual-Pablo and Eulalia Lorenzo-Francisco; and kindergartners Aida Geronimo-Miguel and James Harelimana. On hand for the presentation were (second row, from left) Gerdau representatives Steve Nash, Jamie Gass, Daryl Sharp, Ron Fritz, Chris Kimble, Johnny Miller, Katie Wallace and Gwen Reichel, along with Lonsdale Elementary School Principal Wendy Hansard and Great Schools Partnership community resource coordinator Kori Lautner. Not pictured: second-grader Ariana Thomas.

“We appreciate our longtime partnership with Lonsdale Elementary School,” said Johnny Miller, vice president and general manager of Gerdau. “These students earned these bikes and helmets with their commitment to education, and we want to reward their dedication and encourage them to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle all summer long.”

Wendy Hansard, principal at Lonsdale Elementary School, welcomes Gerdau’s support of the students.

“Gerdau and Lonsdale Elementary School share a commitment to our children and this community,” Hansard said. “We are so grateful for Gerdau’s generosity and willingness to reward our children for their outstanding attendance this school year.”

About Gerdau

Gerdau is a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world. As North America’s fourth largest steel producer, Gerdau manufactures products for the construction, automotive, agricultural and energy markets. Each year, Gerdau recycles millions of tons of scrap metals into steel products, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. Gerdau is proud to stimulate the economy with a variety of well-paid manufacturing careers, employing 9,000 people across 120 communities in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about Gerdau in North America by visiting https://www.gerdau.com/northamerica.

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