A Day When Dreams Come True

On the morning of May 7th, hundreds of kids and their parents showed up with huge smiles on their faces. It was time for Project ReCycle’s annual Dream-Bike Giveaway at Goddard Middle School. Each student earned their own bike based on teacher recommendation for attendance, behavior, and grade improvement. Out of 195 students, 175 earned a new bike, helmet, lock, and water bottle!

A sea of bicycles were spread out on the grass that morning waiting to be picked by the children. There were rows of bikes for every size and taste… some were pink with fringe hanging off the handlebars, some were cruisers, and then there were mountain bikes with shocks and gears.

DSC03542The children were measured and fitted for their new bikes and helmets. Volunteer bike mechanics stood by with racks and tools to make sure each bike was in top notch condition.

After the kids chose their bikes, there was lots more to do. Many hopped right on and sped off on their new ride, zooming around the school drop-off loop. A couple of the boys had a race! For those who didn’t feel like riding quite yet, there was a bike-decorating station and a face-painting station. The boys loved the sound that old-school playing cards made after they stuck them in the tire spokes. And the girls seemed to enjoy the pinwheels, fringe, and all things sparkly.

Project ReCycle also provided lots of goodies… volunteers were making freshly-popped popcorn, fluffy, pink cotton candy and serving bagels, donuts, and drinks.

It turned out to be a fun time for all. Many thanks go out to all of the dedicated volunteers. This event could not take place without your help! And congratulations to all the students who earned their amazing, new bikes!

Primal Wear and Project ReCycle

Primal Wear, an upbeat, cycling apparel store in Cherry Creek, has been creating Project ReCycle’s jerseys for five years now.  The team that makes up this great company has been collaborating with AJ Stapleton, Executive Director of Project ReCycle, over these past years designing colorful, artistic jerseys for the non-profit. Tyler Reeves, a Project Manager at Primal Wear, became a volunteer for Project ReCycle because he likes what the non-profit is about.  “After attending A Night of Laughter, I felt I wanted to be a part of planning a fun night that is all about charity,” said Tyler.  So he joined the committee this last Fall. “AJ and his wife and crew are so much fun to work with.”

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Kyle Haas on Project ReCycle and Web-design

Kyle Haas is the designer behind the fresh new look and website for Project ReCycle.  He has also taken on a new venture with his web-design service called onestopsiteshop.com.  Kyle provides affordable and highly safe websites.  Along with working his full-time job, he launched this new business about 7 weeks ago.  Kyle started designing his own websites 8 years ago.  It helped him pay some bills and have fun being creative and helping others. “I enjoy helping others; it gives me a lot of energy,” said Kyle.   After college, Kyle started taking web-design more seriously.

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A Night filled with Laughter

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Last week, on the night of November 4th, Comedy Works was filled with laughter. It was Project ReCycle’s 4th annual “Night of Laughter”, the non-profit’s largest fund-raiser. This year’s headliner featured Phil Palisoul’s humorous antics. The audience played along with Phil and had an amazing time.  The doors opened at 5:30 pm with a silent auction, food, and spirits. Individuals and businesses donated items everywhere from an autographed Kenny Chesney guitar to Ride the Rockies guaranteed entries…. by the time the night was over there was $50,000 brought in for the charity! This year packed in the fun and people- over 350 volunteers, board members, and friends joined in. Read more

Pedal the Plains with Project ReCycle

Get ready cyclists, there’s another big ride coming up.  On the weekend of September 18-20, Pedal the Plains will be riding through the towns of Julesburg, Holyoke, and Sterling.IMG_3015

This 3-day bike event has many route options. For those cyclists that want to really push their limits there is the Century Option. And for those who want a laid back ride- there is the Family Fun Ride. Project ReCycle is sponsoring the family ride.   Read more

5th Annual Wacky Bike Ride

Hey cyclists, it’s time to register for the 5th Annual Wacky Bike Ride. This year’s ride takes place on Sunday, September 13th. Come on out and help support Team Project ReCycle and Douglas County schools at the same time. A part of every rider’s registration fee goes to supplying new school supplies to students in Douglas County.

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4th Annual Night of Laughter…

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It’s almost that time of year again for the “Night of Laughter”, Project ReCycle’s biggest fundraiser.  This year promises to be one of the best yet…. so you’ll want to grab your tickets soon.

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Inspiring Neighbor, Making sure kids have bikes

by: Adriana Aguilar

http://www.castlerockco.com/inspiring-neighbor-project-recycle-making-sure-kids-have-bikes/

There’s not many things that come close to seeing a child’s face light up when they get their first bicycle. However, sometimes, due to financial reasons, there are many children whose families do not have the capacity to give them that experience during their youth. In 2008, Albert ‘AJ’ Stapleton, co-founder of Project ReCycle, decided he wanted to change that fact and make more bikes available to kids who would not otherwise have one.

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Jeff Krieger on Grace, Compassion, and Generosity

Jeff Krieger didn’t know what to expect on the day he arrived in Grand Junction. He had come all the way from Philadelphia to take part in the “Ride the Rockies“.  The week before the ride Jeff was asking himself, ‘Will I be able to cycle at altitude? Will I be able to last 7 consecutive days in the saddle? Can I climb the Grand Mesa?’

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Project ReCycle Team Rides the Rockies

Last week was the big ride, and what a ride it was, 465 miles and over 32,500′ in elevation gain. The Project ReCycle Team rode “Ride the Rockies” as ambassadors for the non-profit. The team’s goal was to raise enough IMG_3928money to pay for 300 bikes to be refurbished and delivered- the amount of bikes given at the Dream Bike Event at Sedalia back in May.  So far the team has raised $4,211, enough for 100 bikes. But there’s still time to support the team and help them reach their goal.

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