School relocates using only bicycles

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A small, unconventional elementary school in East Austin has a new home, and Sunday was moving day. However, there weren’t any moving vans in sight.

Since 2009, the 9th Street Schoolhouse has been Caitlin Macklin’s home and school.

“It started out more as a home school hybrid kind of a thing a few days a week, and we’ve expanded to a five days a week program,” Macklin said.

She founded the 9th Street Schoolhouse, where things are a little different.

“We are a democratic, experiential learning community, and we have elementary aged kids: kinder though fourth grade,” Macklin said. “We’re busting at the seams.”

So when the time came to pick a bigger place, the move could not be traditional either. Volunteers, parents and students set off on bikes Sunday. They made the 3 mile ride to the other side of I-35 with inspiration from the Yellow Bike Project.

“Generally the philosophy of that organization… that community… is that we do everything with human power,” parent Mateo Scoggins said.

None of the students seemed to mind the work either.

“A lot of these kids, including mine, have grown up with bicycles and kind of a normal part of their day.”

The new spot on Red River will be called Radicle Roots Community Schoolhouse.

“it’s not like the political radical. got it. R-A-D-I-C-L-E,” Scoggins said.

Which acts as a perfect name as the school start putting down fresh roots.

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