Local Kids Organize Community Bicycle Drive / Recycling Event


Do you have old bicycles just collecting dust in your basement or garage?  
Are you hanging on to used bikes because you can’t bear to send them to a landfill?

If so, 23 children in the Falls Church area have a solution for you:

Participate in the 2017 “Story Riders” Bike Drive!

Saturday, October 21
from 10 AM to 2 PM
at the Willston Multicultural Center
6131 Willston Drive, Falls Church VA 22044

Story Riders at Willston Community Center

These young “Story Riders”, along with their mentors and in partnership with Bikes for the World, will be collecting gently used bikes, spare parts and accessories to benefit individuals in surrounding communities and throughout the world.

Bicycles and donations collected will go to Bikes for the World – a local non-profit organization that delivers free used bicycles to new owners throughout the world – particularly in areas of significant need where just having access to a bicycle can enable individuals to maintain gainful employment, enhance educational opportunities and have greater access to healthcare options.

A suggested donation of $10 per bicycle is requested from the donors to help offset shipping costs, but it is not a requirement.

For event specifics and questions, please contact Laylan Salih at Willston Community Center by calling 703-536-8943, TTY 711.

Who Are the Story Riders?

       

Earlier this year, 23 students ages 9 to 14 signed up to be part of a new 10-week program offered through the Willston Community Center. The “Story Riders” program brings together the unlikely combination of bike riding and maintenance with literacy and communication skills.

Thanks to the support of a number of community partners – including Bikes for the World, Phoenix Bikes, Bikenetic Bike Shop and Falls Church Anglican Church – the afterschool participants – all ESL students – not only learn about proper riding safety and bicycle upkeep, but they also take part in bike outings and use the experience to fuel their vocabulary development and storytelling skills. They are learning to ask questions, take notes and transform ideas into creative stories that will be compiled into a book chronicling the history of this 10-week adventure.

“In addition to enhancing physical activity and literacy, another focus for our program is community involvement and leadership,” said Laylan Salih with Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services. “Together the ‘Story Riders’ planned, promoted and worked with community partners to develop the October 21st Bicycle Recycling/Donation Event to benefit other individuals, young and old, both in nearby communities and throughout the world.”

 

Media Contact:
Ben Boxer
703-324-7150



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