Memphian spreads hopes through Binghampton with bicycles - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphian spreads hopes through Binghampton with bicycles

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis man is bringing his goal of spreading hope to the Binghampton neighborhood through bicycles to life.

Clark Butcher is hoping to turn Binghampton from blight to blessing through bikes. He's part of the Carpenter Street Workshop. It will train four teenagers in the community how to fix bicycles.

"We're going to arm these students with a task, with a skill set." Butcher said.

The four students will also get a stipend during the program. It involves learning the ins and outs of fixing bikes along with passing those skills along to others in Binghamton.

Anthony Siracusa will teach the ten week class. It will literally pay off for the three boys and one girl involved.

"Not simply mechanical aptitude, but how effectively can you communicate those ideas that you've learned," Siracusa said. "Because that's when you know true learning has taken place." 

Once the four teenagers complete the ten week program, they'll get a job at Victory Bicycle Studio. But it's about more than dollars and cents, it's about having a sense of pride in yourself and your community.

"A sense of well being," Butcher said. "I know it's going to change the way you walk, talk [and] act. The way you speak to others. The way you work with others."

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