Bike FixIt Day gives bikes, kids a second chance

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Dozens of volunteers work to get donated bikes cleaned and repaired during the annual Bike FixIt day at Patton Middle School, Saturday.

EAST MARLBOROUGH — For the 16th straight year, members of the Unionville community gathered to wash, repair and rework donated bikes to the needy — and Saturday morning volunteers were greeted with a perfect fall morning, working outside and inside Patton Middle School.

The volunteers worked in two basic areas: outside, washing and inspecting the donated bikes and inside where the repairs were done.

Earlier, starting in Mid-September,  the Patton Middle School PTO ran its annual collection drive — although 2010 figures were final yet, more than 150 bikes were collected in 2009.

From left, Samantha Scott, Jordan Hower and Meghan Berry, all of East Marlborough, work to clean up a donated bike. Dozens of kids and adults gathered Saturday to work on the donated bikes at Patton Middle School.

From left, Samantha Scott, Jordan Hower and Meghan Berry, all of East Marlborough, work to clean up a donated bike. Dozens of kids and adults gathered Saturday to work on the donated bikes at Patton Middle School.

Working with BikeLine in Exton, volunteers used donated parts to get the bikes back into shape and ready for their next owners. Kennett Area Community Services will help match the refurbished bikes to new, needy owners.

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