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Mark your calendars for this Sunday, May 22 for the Lehigh Valley’s second annual Wheels 4 Kids Family Fun Day, being held from noon – 4pm at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. Admission to this awesome event is completely free, and will feature music by the award-winning Groovitude Band, a fun bike ride at Rodale Park, an adult tricycle relay race, a stunt bike demonstration, food, and of course, lots and lots of fun!
This annual event is made possible by Community Bike Works, a program designed to provide inner-city children living in at-risk situations with meaningful work ethic alternatives to gangs, drugs, and the streets. It was conceived by Allentown residents with backgrounds in education, drug abuse prevention, vocational training, mechanics, business, and community action. Community Bike Works develops and uses peer role models, adult mentors, and bicycles to draw boys and girls, ages 9 to 17, into the program and away from drugs, crime, and the streets. They use bicycles, peer role models, and adult mentors to engage youth; and once engaged, influence their behavior and their outlook about school and life.
Kids learn mechanics, develop business skills, commitment and responsibilities, and improve their employability. In partnership with the Catholic Charities Refugee Program, Lehigh Conference of Churches Linkage Program, Victory House, and other agencies, the kids fix bicycles and donate them to inner-city residents so they can commute to work. The children even earn a recycled bike and a new helmet for their efforts. Community Bike Works’ programs counter entitlement by showing a youngster that if you work, you are rewarded.
The Wheels 4 Kids Family Fun Day will be an event to remember, so don’t forget your cameras! The Valley Preferred Cycling Center is located at 1151 Mosser Road, Breinigsville, PA 18031.
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