TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) – Students in a collision repair class at Tupelo High School are learning valuable skills and also making Christmas brighter for some families.
For the second year, the Collision Repair Class at THS has taken bikes donated by the community, and repaired them for a program called “Sharing at Christmas.”
Many of the bikes had flat tires, busted chains, broken brakes and other issues.
The bikes are available for people on a first come, first serve basis.
This morning, people picked the bikes up for children in their families.
“Getting my students to understand, they can put a smile on people’s faces just by using their hands, it don’t always take money for you to do something good for somebody,” said Collision Repair Teacher Derek Bradley.
“People who can’t afford bikes or they want to give, it’s something I like to do to give back to the community, people who want a bike, kids needing one, parents are able to come here and grab one, give to the kids and make them happy,” said THS Senior Nathan Kulovitz.
The collision repair students fixed 25 bicycles.
Next year, Derek Bradley hopes to double that amount for the community.