New Hope for Youth Cycling Program in Washington Heights

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After theft of bicycles from a Washington Heights school this summer,online donors and community members save a health program for kids.

New York, NY – Teachers, students and volunteers are preparing to celebrate the donation of brand new bicycles with a “Bike Building” event to support the CYCLE Kids Program at the Children’s Aid Society’s Dyckman Valley Community School in Washington Heights. During the summer, the program’s original bicycles, which had served more than 80 children during the previous academic year, were stolen, threatening the likelihood that the program would go forward this year. With online contributions from as far away as London and donations from The Bicycle Habitat, the program secured new bicycles. These new bikes will permit the school’s fitness and nutrition program to continue during this school year.

CYCLE Kids is a Cambridge-based organization that helps children learn life skills, encourages physical activity and biking, and promotes literacy.

When: Monday, October 10, 2011 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Where: Children’s Aid Society Dyckman Valley Community School, 93 Nagle Avenue, New York, NY 10040

What: Community volunteers, Bicycle Habitat employees and CYCLE Kids workers will be building brand new bicycles to support a health program for students at the Children’s Aid Society’s Dyckman Valley Community School.

Who: Children’s Aid Society’s Dyckman Valley Community School “Bike Build” event celebrates bicycle donations to Children’s Aid Society Community School Program.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call Anthony Ramos at 212-949-4938/917-204-8214 email anthonyr@childrensaidsociety.org or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.