Sophomores to seniors at Plainville High School are busy rebuilding bicycles.

Students say the goal is to get the bikes road worthy so they can be ridden safely by people of all ages.

The broken down bikes are brought in by the Plainville Police Department. They come across bikes that are stolen, never claimed or discarded.

Giving bikes a new life also gives students, like Sam, a chance.

Sam said, “I like to be hands on, I like to touch them, it helps me learn better.”

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After Plainville High School, he wants to keep working with his hands as a carpenter.

This opportunity is steering students down the road towards a career in the trades, a path becoming more and more popular lately.

With that fresh start for the bikes comes an opportunity for someone else to get around town. The bikes go to the food pantry and get donated out.

For someone without a car or license, it could be life changing.

Adding a level of empathy into learning.


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