It started with a vision inspired by Ross Garven's work with juveniles in the Canyon Bike Project. What if Washington Elementary students could learn to maintain and repair donated bikes...bikes that would then be presented to younger students at Washington in need of a bike? Along the way, the students would learn about teamwork, perseverance, selflessness, and leadership in their community.
On Friday, this vision became a reality thanks to a generous donation from George's Cycles in Boise. Frank Leone, general manager, along with his mechanics, weeded through hundreds of tools to present to Washington, giving more than enough to get the project up and running. From cone wrenches to hex wrenches, pliers to a bike stand, the bins of tools were overflowing.
4th grade teacher Josh Hackenberg reached out to local bike shops asking for donations, and George's Cycles was first to answer the call. According to Leone, "We were more than happy to donate tools and other supplies to aid his efforts. It's folks like Josh that make the world a better place."
Hackenberg is planning a fun ride in the spring for all Washington students, so stay posted for more details!
If you are interested in donating bikes or parts to the project, please email Josh Hackenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org