Once a month in Nashville, you may see our pink and purple polka-dotted cycling kits among the crowd of riders pedaling along neighborhood streets to deliver books to local schools as part of Ride For Reading. TWCP has been a long-time supporter of Ride For Reading, a non-profit organization that connects our passion for bikes with our desire to give back to our communities.
Research shows that only 1 in 300 children in poverty have age-appropriate books at home. Ride For Reading collects and then delivers books via bicycle to children at economically-disadvantaged schools in low-income communities, educating them on the importance of literacy and a healthy lifestyle. Since their start in February 2008, Ride For Reading has mobilized over 13,000 volunteers and donated more than 450,000 books to over 300 schools in 50 cities across the country.
Each month in Nashville, as many as 40 cyclists ride to local Title 1 schools to deliver books. At the school, a Ride For Reading representative talks to the kids about the importance of a healthy life and literacy, and the kids have a chance to check out the riders bikes and their new books. They also make a pledge to read their books at least twice and to share it with someone else when they are done.
Within the pages of a book you can go anywhere, see anything, and experience everything–Ride For Reading is making sure all children have this opportunity.
TWCP is committed to showing up to support this organization and our local communities. To see how you can volunteer, check out upcoming events, find book donation drop-off sites, make a monetary donation, or learn more, visit the Ride for Reading website or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.