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More than 200 bikers come together to help ETX students

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More than 200 bikers took to the roads on Saturday morning to help out East Texas children.

Townsquare Media's fifth annual "Bikers Rule 4 School" event kicked off around 9 a.m. at the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler.

"We were up near the front, but you turn around and look and all you see is bikes. It's really cool," said participant Brad Smith. 

"That's a sight to behold. Just the sound of it is impressive. It's just exciting," said Becky Duncan with PATH.

It is even more impressive to know the impact these bikers will have on their community, specifically, East Texas students.

"Bikers love kids. They come out and support the kids whatever it is they need," said participant Tommy Jones.

Saturday's event will help thousands of kids. 

"Over 20,000 kids in Smith County go to school without one single school supply, so we kind of came up with a different idea to do a school supply drive," said Lisa Wells with Townsquare Media.

A portion of the $25 registration fee benefit PATH in Tyler, an organization also making sure all of the donated school supplies make it to the children who need them most.

"It's very humbling to know that all of these folks who are here want to help people in Smith County, and they will do that by way of PATH and of course Townsquare Media," Duncan said.

About 350 people and a few dogs participated in the event.

Gary Cannon brought his dog, Neo, along for the 80 mile ride.

"Neo, he gave some school supplies as well, and if we can help kids with their schooling, it's worth it," Cannon said.

These dogs that might have stolen the spotlight from their owners and bikes.

"I'm building this really cool bike, but no one ever notices it. All they see is Oscar," Smith said.

Smith's dog Oscar rides in a basket Smith built on the back of his bike. Oscar even has a matching helmet.

As much as these bikers love to be on the road, they said the meaning behind the ride is even more important.

"Absolutely , I mean that's just a bonus. I mean, the ride and everything is great, but the core thing is for school supplies for kids," Smith said.

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