MAKAWAO - Fourteen bicycles and helmets were donated to Maui Youth and Family Services Project Venture by employees of Monsanto Ha-waii on Maui.
The employees of the agricultural company also gave a short safety demonstration.
Project Venture, which is run through the Prevention Department at MYFS, is an experiential learning program for 12 students from Iao Intermediate School.
Maui Youth and Family Services Prevention Specialist Lorin Kosaka gives Project Venture students a quick lesson in signaling before letting them ride their new bikes. The youths are (from left) Kelli-Jean Nishida, Mareena Hutchison, Joshua Kim and Rory Sarceda.
The program conducts after-school activities, provides lessons in ocean safety and offers culturally appropriate activities, such as taro-farming camps.
"With the bikes donated by Monsanto, we are now able to incorporate a bike-safety component into our curriculum," said Dana Noecker, MYFS Project Venture coordinator. "These students will have the opportunity to have hands-on training in bike safety, as well the chance to experience some of the beauty of Maui through mountain biking. We are so happy that our organizations could come together to benefit children in our community and are very appreciative of Monsanto's generosity."