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Student-designed bike racks installed at St. Rita’s

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Lima Senior High School students Dylan Marshall and Reilie Lyons designed bike racks at St. Rita's Medical Center. The project began when they were students at Liberty Arts Magnet. The project was completed thanks to retired teacher Mike Huffman and partners Activate Allen County, Potash Corp, Spallinger Millwright, ArtSpace/Lima and St. Rita's. Photo courtesy Lima City Schools.

Lima Senior students doing their part to build a healthier community

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LIMA – A project promoting healthier living has culminated with the installation of student-designed bike racks at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

The racks, designed by then Liberty Arts Magnet School students Dylan Marshall and Reilie Lyons, are located near Metcalf and High streets on the east side of the medical center’s property.

The project started in former Liberty art teacher Mike Huffman’s class three years ago. The students involved are now at Lima Senior High School.

Students worked with Activate Allen County to study health in Allen County and the benefits of having more bike racks in public places to encourage biking.

Students then designed their own bike racks, which are both artistic and appealing to the eye and practical.

Engineers at Potash Corp worked with the students’ designs and then Spallinger Millwright fabricated the bike racks. St. Rita’s Medical Center agreed to place them on its property.

Lima Senior High School students Dylan Marshall and Reilie Lyons designed bike racks at St. Rita’s Medical Center. The project began when they were students at Liberty Arts Magnet. Photo courtesy Lima City Schools.

Lima Senior High School students Dylan Marshall and Reilie Lyons designed bike racks at St. Rita's Medical Center. The project began when they were students at Liberty Arts Magnet. Photo courtesy Lima City Schools.

Engineers at Potash Corp worked with the students’ designs and then Spallinger Millwright fabricated the bike racks. St. Rita’s Medical Center agreed to place them on its property. Photo courtesy Lima City Schools.

Engineers at Potash Corp worked with the students’ designs and then Spallinger Millwright fabricated the bike racks. St. Rita’s Medical Center agreed to place them on its property.

“We are committed to helping build healthier communities, and that begins by encouraging our friends and neighbors to live active lifestyles,” said Beth Keehn, Director of Brand, Marketing and Communications at St. Rita’s.

“And this project — combining education, collaboration, beautification and physical activity — is just a perfect example of the kinds of partnerships St. Rita’s is proud to support.”

For information, contact Sally Windle, director of arts and magnet programs, at 419-996-3411.