Beyond the Bell: Bicycle Repair Club

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Beyond the Bell: Bicycle Repair Club
Posted on 06/18/2019

Authored by Matthew Hoffman

 

This after school initiative was the brainchild of Mr. Paul Becker, one of our students’ favorite Afterschool Academy 100 teachers. An avid bike rider himself, Mr. Becker noticed that many of our students were riding bicycles that were broken or in disrepair. Knowing that many of our students couldn’t afford to purchase a bike or fix the one that they have, he came up with an idea. He would ask the community to donate unwanted bikes and he would teach students how to repair them.
 Students that attended the Bicycle Repair class and put in the necessary time and effort would be able to take home their own bicycle. Once the club put the word out, our Pocomoke community responded in typical fashion with full support! They received so many bikes that they almost ran out of space to store them! Not every bike was able to be completely restored, but the club sent at least 10 students home with working bicycles. This program is something Pocomoke High School hopes to build upon next year, with bike safety as an added component.

 

PHS’s Academy 100 Afterschool program is funded through 21stCentury Community Learning Centers grants. You can support local afterschool programs like this through volunteerism, advocacy and in-kind donations. For more information about or to offer support for WCPS afterschool programs, contact Tamara Mills at tjmills@worcesterk12.org.  



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