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Students Learn Life Lessons While Earning Bikes

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We are just ahead of 'Bike to School and Work Week' and if you need a bike the Kiwanis Bike Project has one for you.

Even in the middle of the week and the middle of the day the Kiwanis Bike Project is busy. It's a virtual hubbub of bikes. They have just relocated to Catron Drive, off of Parr Boulevard in north Reno. And now they have room for 18 repair stations and they are even putting in a classroom.

This past year the Sparks Kiwanis donated 1,000 bikes to school children in the area. They are involved in school incentive programs for kids and they even let kids earn bikes by putting in hours to learn about fixing them.

"If a kid earns a bike, here they take care of it. They know how to fix it themselves. And they know what goes in to fixing it," says Les Ede with Kiwanis.

High school seniors volunteer time to help fix bikes. And some who have earned bikes go back to volunteer and just help others learn. They are valuable lessons in life. How to earn something, how to fix it, how to help the community.

Travis Brooks earned a bike and has been back helping repair a half dozen other bikes.

"It's good to learn. It's a great hobby," he says. "I might even start my own business in this someday."

And direction like that in life is priceless.

You can find the Kiwanis Bike Project at 145 Catron Drive, off of Parr Boulevard. They are open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 2-6 p.m. For more information call Ellen at (775) 337-1717. Or go to www.kiwanisbikes.org

Written by Erin Breen

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