Ride for Reading is an organization, started by a former 4th grade teacher, that gets books into the hands of school children that cannot afford to buy them. At the same time it encourages safe biking for children since the books are delivered to schools by bike. They are delivered by bike because children can relate to bikes, and both books and bikes are a good way to travel without wasting any resources. Reading allows you can go anywhere.
Yesterday, Tuesday Sept. 28, I was off campus to help deliver books to the children at Warner Elementary School in East Nashville. As we rode up to the school the children and their teachers were outside cheering us on. It was very exciting! There were about 15 riders and we were carrying around 1000 books. Five of us were pulling bike trailers loaded with books the others had backpacks containing more books.
Before taking the bikes and the trailers into the building, Matt the founder of RfR, made the children pledge to read their books at least twice and to take care of them and share them with family and friends, and also to ride their bikes safely and always try to wear a bike helmet. Once the books were unloaded and placed on tables the children got to pick out 2 books each to take home. The really rewarding part was seeing their smiles, and how excited they were about getting books their very own books.
Check out Ride for Reading for more information.
If anyone would like to donate new or gently used books I am riding in a mountain bike race on Saturday, Oct 16, and I would be happy to take a collection of donated books with me to the event. If there are any mountain bikers out there, please come and join and ride. It should be fun. It is called the Dirt, Guts, and Donuts Race. Krispy Kreme is a RfR sponsor.