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Clitheroe pupils upcycle the bicycle

Pupils from Ribblesdale High School have set up a new social enterprise project through which they are upcycling old bikes. (s)

Pupils from Ribblesdale High School have set up a new social enterprise project through which they are upcycling old bikes. (s)

Do you have an unused bicycle that you are considering taking to the recycling centre? If so Ribblesdale High School would like to hear from you and will even come and collect it!

In September, a number of Year Nine pupils from the Clitheroe school will set about a social enterprise project where they dismantle disused bikes, salvage and then service the reusable components and then reassemble the components to end up with rideable and fully serviced bikes.

While the youngsters will develop some basic bike maintenance skills, the deeper aim of the project is to accumulate a large number of bikes which will provide less fortunate people with the means of transport.

The school is aiming for the completed bikes to be shipped to either Kenya or another African country where the school has links on the ground.

Head teacher Stephen Cox said: “We are really excited about this project as it will develop so many important skills and attributes in our pupils, from developing empathy and links to people in very different circumstance, to the basic skills of bike maintenance.

“The impact of a bike to a rural family in a poorer area of the world cannot be under estimated, bicycles really do offer a route out of poverty.

“For pupils at Ribblesdale to rebuild a bike, which will directly benefit another family elsewhere in the world, will really personalise the task they are undertaking, linking their actions to positive outcomes for others.”

The only stipulation for the bike collection is that they must have some serviceable components and be either an adult road or mountain bike.

To contact the school please email: recyclebikes@ribblesdale.org or telephone 01200 422563.

Pupils Dylan Ormerod and Jake Halstead (both 9C) at Ribblesdale High School who are involved in the school’s new social enterprise project which is upcycling old bikes. (s)

 

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