On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, three high schools from Johnston County Public Schools (JCPS) – Corinth Holders, Princeton, and Smithfield-Selma, visited “The Bicycle Man” in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
"The Bicycle Man" is a non-profit organization that receives bicycle donations throughout the year and matches them (during Christmas) with children in the Cumberland County Schools system that have been identified through their school’s social worker. A total of 32 students from the Auto I and II classes at these JCPS high schools went to repair, tear down, and put training wheels on bicycles.
These students serviced approximately 30 bicycles, cleaned the warehouse, and re-organized it to store more bikes. Many bikes were sorted to determine if they could be salvaged or not.
This volunteer work was facilitated by Mrs. Cindy Allen, the Career Development Coordinator at SSS, who worked with automotive teachers Jimmy Massey (Corinth Holders), Terry Braswell (Princeton), and Garry Allmon (Smithfield-Selma). Mrs. Ann Mathis, the CEO of "The Bicycle Man," was appreciative of the volunteer efforts and holiday spirit demonstrated by the schools.
The Associate Superintendent, Tim Kinlaw, from Cumberland County Schools and Commissioner, Larry Lancaster, visited while JCPS students were working on the bikes. They expressed their gratitude for, “students from another county coming to help their students in Cumberland County.”
The JCPS students truly enjoyed making a difference for other students through this service work-based learning opportunity. The schools hope to begin making this an annual event.