Last year, Gililland Middle School started their own bicycle repair class called the “Recycle-a-Bicycle” program. Taught by Claudia Becho, the class focuses on bicycle maintenance and repair, with a hands-on approach that gets students out of their seats and working with their hands. The excitement it brought, however, could not have been predicted as it became one of Gililland’s most popular electives.
With a successful first year in the books, Becho and her bicycle repair class look to make the 2017-2018 school year even better thanks to the Tempe Police Department who recently donated $10,000 toward Gililland’s Recycle-a-Bicycle program.
Tempe Chief of Police Sylvia Moir and Tempe Police officers stopped by Gililland to deliver the check on Tuesday, August 8. The Tempe Police Department showed support for the growing program by interacting with students and complimenting their work. The money will help expand and improve upon the Recycle-a-Bicycle program as it enters into its second year and will be used to purchase necessary bicycle parts, tools, equipment, and storage.
“It takes more than just the school’s effort to keep our bicycle program running,” mentioned Gililland principal Jolyn Gibbons. “Donations like this in addition to the time, bicycles, and parts that have been given to us by Tempe Police, businesses around the city, and individual members of the community are so important.”
On the surface, Gililland’s bicycle repair class gives students the basic skills of how to repair and maintain bicycles, but as Chief of Police Moir points out, it’s much more than that.
“Most of the students that come through this program are not going to go work in a bicycle shop,” said Moir and added, “But this class builds their self esteem and confidence as they watch a broken down bicycle go from unrideable to good-as-new and they see that they’re the ones who did that. That’s what is so valuable about this class.”
Thank you to Chief of Police Moir and the rest of Tempe P.D. for their generous donation for your continuous help to that makes Gililland’s Recycle-a-Bicycle program the best it can possibly be.
If you have any old bicycles, working or not, or bicycle parts that you no longer need and would like to donate, contact Claudia Becho at [email protected].