ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A non-profit in Lehigh County is teaching kids valuable life lessons through bike mechanics.
Community Bike Works in Allentown works with low income, at-risk youth.
In the Earn-A-Bike Program, children are given broken bicycles.
The child must fix the bike to keep it.
"I learned the different parts of the bike, tools to fix the bike," said nine-year-old Avery Daniels.
Students also learn about bike mechanics and bike safety throughout the 12-week program.
Daniels recently earned a Project X Mongoose.
But the organization said their mission consists of more than just teaching kids about how bikes work. Their goal is to teach them character-building skills too.
"What we are trying to teach them is, if they work hard, they can accomplish something," said James Williams, Program Manager for Community Bike Works.
Williams said the program reaches close to 300 children every year, through various programs including Earn-A-Bike and Earn-A-Book. There are also internship and work opportunities for older students.
For a few hours after school, the location in the 200 block of Madison Street offers "Afternoon Drop-In."
Students can stop by to spend time with their peers and program leaders.
For more information about Community Bike Works or to donate visit here: http://www.communitybikeworks.org
Allentown, PA 18102