Students from Clay-Battelle, University High and Morgantown High Schools attended the media event.
Dr. Campbell received a very large check today on behalf of Monongalia County Schools. Mike Radenbaugh, CEO of Rad Power Bikes, North America’s largest electric bike brand, and Mercedes Ross, Executive Director of Project Bike Tech presented the $60,000 check to fund the first Project Bike Tech in-school classroom. Schools nationwide were in contention for the gift awarded to MCS on Giving Tuesday.
WVU’s Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative, the local coordinator for the Youth Cycling Coalition pilot in Morgantown, was instrumental in helping to make a case for Monongalia County Schools as a right fit for the program.
“On behalf of the Monongalia County Board of Education, administrators, students and staff members, I would like to personally thank Rad Power Bikes for providing us with this incredible financial gift that will enable our students to be the first in the state of West Virginia to participate in the Project Bike Tech program,” said Dr. Campbell. “We are so thankful for community organizations who recognize the importance of providing skill-based career development programs to our young people. We are excited to get started and can’t wait to see our new bike repair lab in operation next fall.”
Speakers at the event included Jenny Selin, Mayor of Morgantown, and Michael Garcia, Coordinator at U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's Office. Students from the three Monongalia County Schools' high schools attended the presentation and received the opportunity to take the bikes on a test ride.
It hasn't been decided which school will receive the accredited Bike Tech elective, but the course will be on the schedule next fall.
L to R: Eddie Campbell, Superintendent; Mike Radenbaugh, CEO, Rad Power BIkes; Greg Corio, Assistant VP, WVU Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative; Mercedes Ross, Executive Director, Project Bike Tech
Students opt to take the bikes on a test run.
"This is all about the students and the opportunities for them to experience biking and this program," said Mercedes Ross, Executive Director, Project Bike Tech.