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Coldwater - The Branch Area Careers Center is teaming up with the City of Coldwater and the Branch County Community Foundation to launch a "Recycled Bike Project."
In an effort to outreach and give back to the community, the BACC is collaborating with local law enforcement and the BCCF to recycle unclaimed bicycles. Instead of these bikes going straight from the city to the recycle bin, the Recycled Bike Project adds another step in the process, which will allow local youth to get involved in helping the community, as well as learning a new skill.
The city currently has about 35 unclaimed bikes available that will be used for a fourth and fifth grade Bicycle Repair Summer Camp. This project will introduce kids to basic mechanical skills and how to maintain and repair their own bicycles.
The Summer camps will utilize the space and tools from the Automotive Technologies program at the BACC.
The fourh and fifth grade Summer camps will also put students to work fixing the repairing some of the unclaimed bicycles. The ones that are repairable will be donated to non-profit organizations. These organizations will then give the bicycles to people and students in need of basic transportation.
"This program will be a wonderful experience for these kids," said Coldwater City Manager Keith Baker. "The collaborative effort between these three entities to make the repaired bicycles available to local kids represents our community well."
For more information, or how to donate to the Branch Area Careers Center Automotive Technologies program, contact Andrew Blair at (517)279-5704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in having your child attend the fourth and fifth grade Bicycle Repair Camp, contact Josie Smith at (517)279-5729 or email@example.com.