By Lt. Arnel Bona, AA/Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution
Children at the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy received two-wheeled gifts thanks to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The Tracy Police Department, Deuel Vocational Institution, the local chapter of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, and inmates from the Career Technical Education (CTE) Auto Body Shop program collaborated to have 10 bicycles refurbished and donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy.
This is the second year the Tracy PD and DVI have joined forces to donate refurbished bicycles to the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy.
The project starts at the Tracy PD evidence yard where the bikes make their journey to DVI.
These bikes are then delivered to the Auto Body Career Technical Education Instructor where a few selected inmates repaired, painted, and replaced the parts on the bicycles.
The refurbishing project was included as part of the inmates curriculum for learning trade skills in Paint and Auto Body repair.
Some of these inmates say they had once benefited from the Boys and Girls Club when they were youths and felt that they wanted to give back to the organization.
The finished bicycles were then delivered to the Boys & Girls Club of Tracy to be given to children as early Christmas gifts.
This year, the DVI Chapter of the CA Correctional Peace Officers Association, Tracy Police Officers Association and the Native American White Mountain Apache Tribe from Arizona, assisted this project by donating needed funds to purchase replacement bike parts.
These donations allowed for the purchase of bike seats, new tires and rims, handlebar grips, helmets and brakes.
The manual labor came from the hard working inmates who were committed to provide a high quality refurbished product, according to those with the project.
Anderson’s Mower and Bike in Manteca and Tracy Cyclery in Tracy provided the new replacement parts, often at a reduced cost.