There’s a special pride earned in repairing something discarded and deemed trash-worthy. This grant provides (Setting IV) special education students with the tools and equipment to set up a ‘bike shop’ (at the Hopkins Pavilion Alternative Setting) to do just that. Guided by teacher John Dempsey, who has been repairing bikes and other machines for more than 40 years, students will learn mechanical skills, physics, and proper tool handling, all through the excitement of hands-on learning. Discarded bicycles will be collected from local police departments and repaired. This engaging alternative to traditional education offers these students a dual benefit beyond learning the curriculum: pride in completing a task, AND very tangible results.
West Junior High