Volunteers build bicycles for Botelle students

Volunteers build bicycles for Botelle students
Volunteers build bicycles for Botelle students
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COLEBROOK and NORFOLK — More than 50 residents came together at the Norbrook Farm Brewery in Colebrook to help put together children’s bicycles for students at Norfolk’s Botelle Elementary School on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
The bicycles, along with children’s helmets, were donated to the school by the nonprofit organization Can’d Aid.
According to its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/CandAid/ the Colorado-based organization “spreads We spread people powered do-goodery through Towns, Tunes, Treads & Trails and Love Yur Mama efforts nationwide.”
In other words, the organization encourages people to give back to their community.
“We believe that everyone can give back in a small way, usually just by showing up and doing something for somebody else,” organization Director of Engagement Sarah Hannafin said. “We’ve donated over 3,000 bicycles to schools all across the country. We also have a music program where we do this with musical instruments and a skateboard program as well.”
“We’re donating bicycles because I think every adult remembers the freedom of getting their first bicycle as a child,” program coordinator Logan Firehammer said. “We are trying to promote the outdoors, staying active and living healthy lifestyles. We want children to get away from their iPads and get out into the outdoors to stay active and healthy.”
It was not too hard for volunteers to put together the bicycles from scratch as many of them were divided into groups of two to three to put them together.
Professional bicycle rider Jeff Lenosky was at the event to give volunteers a pep talk before they started work.
Lenosky also presented an assembly at the school on Thursday, Sept. 26 where he entertained students with bicycle tricks before he presented the donated bikes to students.
“I remember as I was growing up the sense of freedom a bicycle gave to me,” Lenosky said. “It was always my favorite activity. Something that was healthy and positive. In today’s world, there are so many ways a child to get into trouble. The more positive activities we give them the better.”
For more information on Can’d Aid go to www.candaid.org.

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