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Teacher Raises $80K to Buy 650 Bikes for Entire School Class

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A South Carolina teacher has raised more than $80,000 to buy 650 bicycles for every student in her school.

Katie Blomquist teaches at Pepperhill Elementary in North Charleston. WCIV-TV reports she began her online fundraising campaign right after Labor Day last year with a goal of raising $65,000. Blomquist says she came up with the idea after a student told her that he wanted a bike, but his family couldn't afford one.

The idea blossomed into a viral sensation and donors to the effort include major corporations and talk show host Steve Harvey.

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Blomquist surprised the kids Thursday morning by unveiling bikes in the school parking lot.

She says the effort has become "more amazing" than she ever dreamed.

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