There are many ways to encourage students to volunteer, and one school is encouraging volunteer leadership with a bike drive.
Helping people has always been something that 13 year old Erin McGlynn wanted to do. She’s a seventh grade Leadership student at Hall Middle School in Larkspur who has developed skills this year in event coordinating, marketing and community building. The winter school dance was her first project.
“At first it was kind of overwhelming,” she said. “It didn’t go as planned, and ended up being a month later, in January.”
McGlynn is a member of a six student service committee. They collaborated with the Transportation Authority of Marin program Safe Routes to Schools by hosting a bike drive at the school.
The committee is under the leadership of teacher Josh Evans. Students learned how to promote the event, and make it an active fun filled time promoting bike safety and receiving donations of used bikes.
Students will deliver the bikes to needy families at Bahia Vista School in San Rafael and to Trips for Kids, a nonprofit group that promotes cycling for at risk youth
“Their project is a service and they own the service,” Evans said. “To see the difference they are making in the community, seeing the process is really motivating for them.”