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School students encouraged to reach potential through bike building

Bill McDonald
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A community program called “traction” is increasing the confidence of struggling school students through building bikes.

The Brisbane based organisation works with schools to identify young people who aren’t reaching their potential and could benefit from the program.

Founder Sandy Murdoch says the hands-on learning approach is highly appealing.

“They cut a day out of their school week and spend a day with us on the tools,” he told Bill McDonald on 4BC Afternoons.

“It’s all about the young people experiencing a sense of success.

“They build their own bikes, they sand it back and get to imagine the colour they want to paint that bike, so they take real ownership of building a bike and creating a bike that suits their personality.”

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