Recyled bikes turn into artwork

Flexible Learning Option students restored donated bicyles which were displayed at Latrobe Regional Gallery. photograph hayley mills

Flexible Learning Option students restored donated bicyles which were displayed at Latrobe Regional Gallery. photograph hayley mills

Students from Morwell's Flexible Learning Option school had the opportunity to see bicycles they had restored on display at Latrobe Regional Gallery as part of a project initiated by the Latrobe Health Assembly.

The project engaged students in the hands-on learning experience with expert guidance from Barefoot Pathways Transitional Training Centre.

Barefoot training facilitator Scott Douglas conducted regular workshops with students and educated them in workshop safety, tool maintenance and bicycle restoration.

Project coordinator Monique Decarli said about 20 bikes were donated to the Latrobe Health Assembly and passed on to students to work on.

"[The project] came from a working group looking at ways to increase physical activity," she said.

"So it initially came up as a way to help kids access bikes ... but it has also improved social-connectedness and teaches [students] resilience and gives them hands-on skills.

"Some kids are keeping their bikes and others are donating them."

FLO School teacher Daina Hughes said the program helped students get out of their comfort zone and learn something completely new.

Latrobe Regional Gallery presented the students' restored bikes at a ceremony on Friday and participating students were gifted a tool kit so they could continue with what they had learned through the project at home.

The FLO School assists secondary students who are struggling with, or have fallen out of, mainstream high school to reintegrate them into available education options.

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