GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Even in the age of social media, there are still children who love the idea of learning, being active and getting outdoors. There’s a local non-profit making sure your children are able to do just that and more.

A non-profit at the heart of the Grand Valley has Colorado Public Health and Education to thank for a big donation that will enrich the lives of their 750 students.

Riverside Educational Center, also known as REC has been around since 2006. Since then, it’s developed enterprising programs that focus on academic support as well as activities like art, music and biking.

The Grant from Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment allowed REC to buy nearly 50 brand new bikes at a discounted rate.

The Senior Program Director, Jack Curry, hopes the new bikes will help students get some great exercise and form healthy new habits. He says he’s watched how something as simple as a bike can change a child’s life.

“In just the few times we’ve been able to use these new bikes, seeing again that group of third to sixth graders who before were either trying to fit on a bike that wasn’t exactly the right thing for them just absolutely flourish and that’s been really really fun to see,” says Curry.

REC helps students in need from the first grade all the way through college. Click here for more information.