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Teacher nominates 11-year-old boy to win bike

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An 11-year-old Mid-Michigan boy received a new bike after a nomination from a teacher.

Xander Bardell of Mt. Pleasant is this week’s Bike for Kids winner. Rachel Jaksa, a fifth grade teacher at Fancher Elementar, said when she saw a flyer for the contest, one name came to mind.

““Xander is selfless, kind and full of joy,” Jaksa wrote in her nomination. “He is genuine, gets along with everyone and does whatever he can do to help others. I have witnessed him stand up for students that are different than others on multiple occasion. He does the right thing when other students do not have the confidence to do so. Kids like Xander make our community better because they are so willing to put others before themselves.”

Bardell said he enjoys helping others with their schoolwork and likes to make sure they know what they’re doing.

““I like the feeling of knowing they’re going to be able to do it,” he said.

Bardell will be a sixth grader this coming school year, and has been attending the Youth Police Academy in Mt. Pleasant.

“I want to be a police officer, or maybe a famous baseball player,” Bardell said.

Barberi Law will give away three more mountain bikes this summer, through the middle of August.

Nominations of 150 words or less can be submitted online, just click here.

You can also pick up a form at the Barberi Law office and emailed to rgould@barberilawfirm.com.

There are no specific criteria for the nominations, other than recognizing a child who has done something kind for others or that has positively impacted his/her friends, community, school or family.

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