South Carolina teacher raises $80,000 to buy all 650 students at her school bikes

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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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.

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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