SAND School Students Receive Free Bicycles for Perfect Attendance



SAND School Students Receive Free Bicycles for Perfect Attendance

On Friday, January 23, 2015 Principal Gerardo Heredia, Mayra Lozada, President of the Julio Lozada Foundation, Deputy Chief Robert Ford of the Hartford Fire Department, retired Hartford Fire Chief Edward Casares, Jr., Hartford Police Sgt. Dixon Vega, and Curtis Porter, Community Specialist joined the students of S.A.N.D. Elementary School for a free bicycle giveaway and celebration sponsored by the Julio Lozada Foundation for six SAND Elementary School students with perfect attendance.  

Students at S.A.N.D. Elementary School with perfect attendance through the month of December will receive free bicycles tomorrow at a ceremony in their honor sponsored by the Julio Lozada Foundation. The Foundation, which also awards college scholarships to Latino students, was established in memory of Julio Lozada, a 12-year-old boy who, due to a language barrier, could not be rescued from under a collapsed building in 1979. His death inspired a federal lawsuit that led to the hiring of Hartford’s first Spanish-speaking employees in all public safety jobs. The Hartford Society of Latin American Firefighters established the Julio Lozada Scholarships in 1989.

You can discover more about the Julio Lozada Foundation at


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