Going Beyond the Classroom

By: Andrew Reid Email
By: Andrew Reid Email

Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) - One program at R-5 High School is teaching students a lesson that goes far beyond the classroom.

A year ago R-5 math teacher Mitch Hamilton started a bike repair class. Students that are in the class can earn service hours that go towards their graduation.

The students work on bikes that are donated by the community, then at the end of the school year the have a bike sale. All the profits from the bike sale help fund the program.

12 grade student Cody Tisue says he has learned a lot about bikes and how to maintain them.
Some students at R-5 have transportation problems, but through the class student can repair a bike to help them get to school.

The class has a business like atmosphere, helping the kids get ready for a real job or an internship during the summer. The class also helps out in the community.

Assistant principal Donald Trujillo says, the class provides a life-long learning. Which is crucial for the students and that’s what R-5 wants to re-enforce.


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  • by Viewer Location: GJ on May 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM
    Great story, but it's more THAN just a class, not THEN.
  • by susan on May 19, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    this is a wonderful class for these kids to be able to take. teaching them a practical skill along with their regular classes gives them a wider, more enriching school experience.
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