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 Students at South Bay Tech Academy Participate in Bike Race

Students at South Bay Technology Academy recently participated in a bicycle race and six weeks of training as part of an inspirational youth program.

It was the second time high school students at the school have taken part in the program, which is run by San Diego VeloYouth. There was a bike-a-thon Nov. 2 to raise money and a race Dec. 2.

The cycling program focuses on self-respect, teamwork, achievement and responsibility as the keys to success. The students were given uniforms and bikes to use. They also had the chance to earn a bike to keep if they met certain requirements, participated in the race, and performed community service.

The program is paid for with grants and donations.

South Bay Technology Academy is a comprehensive program that helps students in grades 9 through 12 transition back into a traditional school setting, pass the GED, get a high school diploma, or move on to college or vocational school. It's one of San Diego County Office of Education's Juvenile Court and Community Schools.