Students being taken for ride

By Laura Briggs

Mooroopna Primary School Year 6 students are set to roll their way into the holidays on their newly restored bikes.

The school’s chaplain Ros McPherson said volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Mooroopna had sourced and generously donated about 12 second-hand bikes to senior students.

She said Kiwanis then assisted the students to restore and repair the bikes.

‘‘Mooroopna Kiwanis volunteers have donated many hours of their time so that each student could learn how to take care of their bike before becoming its proud owner,’’ she said.

Ms McPherson said the students were also able to learn about how brakes and gears operated along the way while they gained important skills necessary to repair punctured tyres and perform general maintenance.

Kiwanis Club volunteer Ian Saunders said the organisation’s initiative first began at Mooroopna Park Primary School eight years ago.

‘‘It originally started due to a lot of boys not having positive male role models in their lives,’’ he said.

Mr Saunders said by providing the bikes and their time, the students were able to receive a bike and learn valuable skills.

‘‘Plus it gives the kids that are more hands-on an outlet,’’ he said.

Ms McPherson said the Kiwanis Club initiative had run at the school for three years and each time the students had appreciated the encouragement from the Kiwanis members and enjoyed the outdoor, hands-on learning experience.