Thirty Years and Thirty Bikes: The Lighthouse receives generous donation

The Lighthouse After School Program celebrated 30 years as a nonprofit. The Bike Rack graciously donated 30 bikes to kids in honor of the special day.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lighthouse held a celebration on Saturday at The Hub Cafe for its 30th anniversary. The event featured music, snow cones and food trucks.

“We’ve had to wait a whole year to celebrate our 30th anniversary of serving the teens in our community,” Lighthouse co-founder and president Pete Allman said.  “This is our 31st year, but because of COVID we had to wait and this is a kick-off event to celebrate 30 years.”

In addition to all the family-friendly activities, the nonprofit also received a generous donation from The Bike Rack. The shop donated 30 bikes to Lighthouse kids. The new bikes also came with a helmet, lock and water bottle.

Fifteen-year-old Takirah Coleman was excited to get her very first bike ever. She also said she’s looking forward to taking her little brother on rides.

The Lighthouse serves  at-risk teens in the community.

“We don’t have an ocean or a sea, but we have a light house,” Lincoln Mayor Gaylor Baird said. “We have a lighthouse, because we have a special place that has provided safe passage for the youth in this community.”

Coleman has been in the program for six years.

“My academics have went up since then,” Coleman said. “I made a whole entire family there. It’s a very comforting place for people to go to, especially teenagers.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the Lighthouse, you can visit the nonprofit’s website, here.

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