Barack Obama Academy
Barack Obama Academy is dedicated to helping students turn challenge into success. The small middle school in East Oakland, CA features an experiential and outdoor education program anchored in engaging, hands-on activities at school and field trips to universities and colleges, as well as the ocean, forests and other natural spaces in the Bay Area. Through small class size and many partnerships with local community based organizations, B.O.A. seeks to support the whole child to succeed academically, as well as socially and emotionally.
Students in David Hicks' Environmental Studies program at Barack Obama Middle School in East Oakland are working to refurbish a class set of bicycles. Inspired by the Scraper Bike phenomenon in East Oakland, students are working to strip down the bicycles, customize them with original artwork, and rebuild them into usable transportation.
Barack Obama Academy provides students multiple opportunities throughout the year to participate in outdoor education- including naturalist hikes and bicycle tours.
A modest class set of tools provides students opportunities to learn how to disassemble and fix bicycles. Students have designed artwork and have developed a painting plan to update the look of the bicycles and keep them fashionable. The ability to use tools and the imagination are key skills for developing a "reuse" philosophy!