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BGCL Receives New Bikes from Copyright Clearance Center

September 05, 2017

Forty-eight youth members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence are the proud owners of new bikes, thanks to the generous donation from Copyright Clearance Center in Danvers.

The bikes were constructed as a team-building exercise during a gathering of the company's 460 employees from its offices worldwide. Without knowing the ultimate goal, teams were given handlebars, seats and other bike parts as rewards for completing various challenges, puzzles and creative exercises, and then worked together to assemble the bikes.

Tracey Armstrong, chief executive officer of Copyright Clearance Center, said "many dozens" of employees shed tears of joy when the intended recipients from the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence's Beacon Unit were introduced. In addition to the bikes (which were checked for safety by professionals) plus locks and helmets, employees spontaneously gathered buckets of snacks from their tables to give to the youth members.

Armstrong said the intention of the exercise was to demonstrate the power of individual action.

"People may think they have no power by themselves, but small actions do lead to larger, meaningful change," she said, noting that Copyright Clearance Center employees have previously participated in fundraising walks and other philanthropic initiatives. "Everyone pitched in and saw the power of giving to someone else. It was enormously rewarding for everyone involved, and we're still treasuring the memories."

Jill Rodriguez, director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Beacon Unit, said most, if not all, of the children have never before owned a new bike.

"The kids were still jumping up and down when we got back to the club," she said. "It was a beautiful thing, and sadly, very much needed."


Did You Know?

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence was established in 1891 and has been serving the youth of Greater Lawrence for 116 years.