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School Patrol: Ride For Reading Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Posted at 11:17 PM, Apr 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 13:55:29-04

It's not every day you see hundreds of books being delivered to a school -- on bicycles!  But that's exactly what happened in Bellevue this spring.

A local non-profit called Ride for Reading delivered hundreds of books to students at Gower Elementary -- and they did it in style!

Ride for Reading was founded in 2008 by Mathew Portell, a Metro school teacher and avid cyclist, who recognized a need to get more books into children's hands and homes. Studies have shown that only 1 in 300 children have access to age-appropriate books in low-income communities.  What began as a simple plan to collect a few books for his own students has grown into a nationwide campaign that's given out more than 300,000 books to kids across the country.

In order to keep the wheels turning so the children can keep the pages turning, Ride for Reading just announced a 10 year - 10 day - $10,000 Annual Giving Campaign between May 2-12.  They are also hosting an official 10 year anniversary party on May 12.

If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation – or learn more about the Nashville non-profit and their 10th anniversary celebration – just go to their website