Kim Green

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Sat March 24, 2012
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A Lesson In Sprockets Takes Students On A Trip

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 10:41 am

Daniel Furbish works with a student during his class in Nashville, Tenn. Students learn to build bikes from donated parts.
Kim Green For NPR

In a cave-like basement bursting with rickety old bicycles, tires and churning middle-schoolers, Daniel Furbish barks orders.

Close-cropped beard, pen behind his ear, Furbish is an artist-turned-teacher from a military family — creative and disciplined. He started his Nashville, Tenn., bike-building workshop as a summer experiment. He thought, "What if I take donated bike parts and teach kids to put them together?"

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