Inspiring Kids to Ride Bicycles and Read Books
On day 2 of Interbike in Las Vegas, we were invited to share in the Ride for Reading Book Delivery. Hundreds of books had been donated for this very special and heartwarming ride to Peterson Elementary School. We were honored. The heart and soul of this magnificent non-profit Matthew Portell, along with the ladies of MAGIC 6 elite Jet Cycling Team, were on hand to welcome all the rides for the 9am start.
Pivot and BH Cycles were at our service, providing bicycles to those of us who did not have one. I was able to ride a BH Speedrom, I’m always happy to hop on something new and welcomed the opportunity.
Portell, founder and director of Ride for Reading made a few announcements to the crowd, including safety notes, route information and a few words on what to expect when we arrived at the school. Books were packed in bags and trailers and we were soon on our way.
I recognized some of the folks from Cross Vegas, so we were chatty, enjoying an unusually cool morning in Vegas.
The ride wasn’t far but we thoroughly enjoyed the police-escorted, 1 mile cruise to the school. When we turned the last corner, we were greeted by happy kids cheering and high-fiving us as we entered the parking lot. The experience was so touching it gave me goosebumps.