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Timothy Baczek Portrait

Timothy Baczek suffers from a brain injury and is a participant in the Prevocational Training Classes at Alternative Opportunities, in Springfield, Mo. Without the classes and counseling Alternative Opportunities Inc. provides with state funding, many injury victims would be institutionalized, either in a group home, or worse, in jail, at a potentially greater cost to the state.

Sue Farris Portrait

Sue Farris suffers from a brain injury and is a participant in the Prevocational Training Classes at Alternative Opportunities, in Springfield, Mo.

Victories celebrated during training

Ken Wilson, right, suffers from a brain injury. He pumps his fists in excitement after entering the correct amount of money and getting the correct amount of change while getting training by Classroom Facilitator, Ellen Ritter, left, on the operation of a cash register during a Prevocational Training Class at Alternative Opportunities in Springfield, Mo.

Every day skills keep patients involved

Dwight Evans, a victim of brain injury, participates in the Prevocational Training Class by taking an inventory of donated goods to provide him with an experience of what it might be like to be in a real work environment during a Prevocational Training Class at Alternative Opportunities in Springfield, Mo.

Games help patients' coordination

Robby Sveum, who suffers from a brain injury, participates in a Prevocational Training Class by working on a peg exercise which contributes to the hand-eye coordination of students at Alternative Opportunities in Springfield, Mo.

Carol Ann Chilton Portrait

Carol Ann Chilton, who suffers from a brain injury and is a participant in the Prevocational Training Classes at Alternative Opportunities, in Springfield, Mo.

Rock Bridge runners Chris Walton and Quinn Gray race in the 200 meters

Rock Bridge's Chris Walton, left, pulls away from teammate Quinn Gray in the 200-meter dash on Saturday at the Rock Bridge Invitational.

Kelsey Whipple mug

Kelsey Whipple is a columnist for the Missourian.

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Amanda Woytus is a columnist for the Missourian.

Vacant building serves as shelter

Cooper Thornhill, 4, sweeps the floor of a future waiting area in the old Mid-City Lumber Building while volunteering on Saturday. The building will serve as a temporary shelter for for the Humane Society adoption center during renovations funded by the ZooToo million dollar makeover contest.

Sarah Palmer mug

Sarah Palmer is an assistant city editor for the Missourian.

Boy secures bike outside diner

Kahlil Roth, 10, secures a bungee on his bike outside of Shiloh Bar & Grill on Friday morning, May 7, 2010. Shiloh Bar & Grill served free breakfast provided by Broadway Diner for participants in the Bike Walk & Wheel Week.

Bike-in breakfast buffet at Shiloh

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Participants in the Bike Walk & Wheel Week serve themselves breakfast at Shiloh Bar & Grill on Friday morning, May 7, 2010. Shiloh Bar & Grill was one of two "Early Bird" Breakfast Stations that opened at 6:30 a.m. The other 10 Breakfast Stations began serving breakfast at 7 a.m.

Father helps daughter with bike helmet

Drew Brooks helps his daughter Harper Piveral-Brooks, 5, fasten her helmet outside Shiloh Bar & Grill on Friday morning. Brooks, who rides his bike daily, said, "I work downtown, and I usually bring her to this and then drop her off at school."

Stopping for breakfast at Shiloh

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From left: Jennifer McMullen, Kale McMullen, 3, Finley McMullen, 19 months, and Josh McMullen prepare to continue their walk after stopping for breakfast at Shiloh Bar & Grill on Friday morning, May 7, 2010. This was their first year to participate in the breakfast event.

Father, son have free breakfast at event

Will Fish eats breakfast with his son Brendan Fish, 12, at Shiloh Bar & Grill on Friday morning, May 7, 2010. The two have been riding and attending the breakfast event together for several years. "It's a lot of fun. You get to enjoy what's around you - the scenery," said Brendan.

Free breakfast prepared for bikers

Lee Smith locks his bike to a bike rack at Shiloh Bar & Grill on Friday morning. Shiloh Bar & Grill hosted free breakfast prepared by Broadway Diner for people participating in the Bike Walk & Wheel Week. Smith said it is his first year to participate in the breakfast.

Juice at the trailhead

From left: Cathy Seltsam, Nancy Rezabek and Anne Heine talk as Patty Clover prepares to store the remaining orange juice in a cooler at the MKT Trailhead at Forum Boulevard Clovers Natural Market and Tryathletics sponsored the breakfast station at the trailhead. Rezabek has volunteered at the event every year since it began 9 years ago. "I do it just to meet people and do things different. I hate just sitting in the house," she said.

Breakfast on the MKT

Miranda DeCourley, 3, sips a cup of orange juice from the Breakfast Station at the MKT Trailhead at Forum Boulevard on Friday morning, May 7, 2010. Her father, Paul Berg, said that he hopes to start biking the event again in the next year or two. "She's on a trike right now, which doesn't work very well. She can't go very fast," he said.

Joey Smith at bat

Hickman junior Joey Smith prepares to swing against Rolla on Monday at Hickman High School.
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