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Bikes for Kids Gives, Teaches Skills

FOURTH-ANNUAL EVENT: Amanda Howell, left, Union College and Career advisor, poses with Union seniors Ashton Carter and Lesra Willis; Mindy Willman, College and Career Center secretary; and Gary Burr, City of Tulsa shop supervisor, during the fourth annual Bikes for Kids event, held in November. The event was created by Howell as a way to benefit the community and teach students life lessons and reinforce technical skills.

In November, Union High School juniors and seniors from the Union Career Connect program repaired 68 bicycles as part of the annual Bikes for Kids event, which was initiated by Career Connect counselor Amanda Howell.

This is the fourth year for the event.

The restored bicycles will be distributed to Union families in need before Christmas. The bike giveaway is nearly budget neutral; it costs less than $300 to pull off, notes Howell.

Partners and sponsors of the event include Don Crall, TCC, AAON, EBSCO Spring, City of Tulsa, Dream It Do It, OK2Grow, and City Cycles. Bikes will be distributed to Union families Dec. 12.

The Bikes for Kids program was created as a way to teach students to be responsible citizens and to build their self-confidence, leadership, and communication skills, Howell says. It also helps to remind students of the technical skills they have been learning throughout the semester.

Updated 12-19-2017

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