*POSTPONED* April Book Delivery to Warner Arts Magnet Elementary

**UPDATE as of 3/15/20: THIS EVENT WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THANK YOU!

**UPDATE: Due to the recent devastating events in East Nashville, Ride for Reading will be conducting a Relief Delivery for Warner Arts Magnet Elementary and any children, families and faculty that have been impacted by these tornadoes, as well as the surrounding communities. We are still collecting information on how we can best support this community and will provide that information as soon as it is available. We will definitely still be riding bikes, collecting & delivering books, reading in classrooms and providing smiles, hugs & high fives to over 200 children. Meeting spot: TBD. MORE DETAILS TO COME- SAVE THE DATE! #NashvilleStrong

Join us for our April book delivery to Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School in East Nashville on Thursday, April 2nd. We will meet at MOAB Bike Shop (currently TBD) in East Nashville (103 S 11th St, Nashville, TN 37206) at 12:30pm.

Click below to sign up to volunteer and/or support this Book/Relief Delivery in East Nashville.

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Ride for Reading’s mission is to promote literacy-readiness and healthy-living by delivering age appropriate books to children in low-income communities, by bicycle. Since 2008, we have mobilized over 20,000 volunteers to deliver over 500,000 books to over 300 schools in over 50 cities across the U.S. Founded here locally in Nashville, we host 8-9 book deliveries during the school year, to Title 1 schools. Additionally, we partner with Community Centers and Summer School programs and other Literacy Partners during the summer months to deliver books. Ride for Reading believes that education is not only found within the four walls of a school building, but within the pages of a book you can go anywhere, see anything, and experience everything. Every child deserves that despite economic status.

Click HERE for a Ride for Reading book delivery promo video.

Volunteers are the core of our mission and we couldn’t do what we do without the help of the community! We are in the need of volunteer CYCLISTS and READERS on an ongoing basis to join us on our book deliveries March – November to deliver 1,000+ books by bicycle to some very excited children! The book delivery consists of volunteers gathering at a Meet-up location to load up books in backpacks, trailers, etc. and riding our bikes together as a group (parade-style) to the School where hundreds of children welcome our volunteers with cheers, smiles, high-fives and hugs! We will share with the children the importance of literacy-readiness and healthy-living through activities like cycling. Volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with the students as they are picking out their books! The delivery route will be no more than 2-5 miles and relatively flat. The delivery will last approximately 2-2.5 hours, so please plan accordingly. We understand many of you are sacrificing your lunches and personal time, so thank you in advance!

CYCLISTS
Please bring your own bike. All levels of cyclists welcome! If you do not have a bike, many local bike shops offer bike rentals. Please bring a backpack to carry your books in and everyone must wear a helmet (we have a few spare backpacks/helmets to lend).

READERS
On each delivery, we are also looking for volunteers to read a book to the pre-K, K and 1st grade classes. If you do not want to ride a bike and would just like to volunteer as a reader, you can meet us to gather some books to take with you and then follow us to the school. Cyclists are welcome to register for both options.

We are excited to share the love of reading (literacy-readiness) & cycling (healthy-living) with these children. We promise, you will never forget the experience of 300-500+ children excited to see so many people from their community bringing them their very own books! Get that bike ready, load up some books and join us for an experience you will never forget- and neither will the children you serve! All level of cyclists welcome. The more the merrier- invite your friends, family, co-workers & work teams, bike club members and someone you know that has never experienced a delivery before & join us to impact the lives of the children at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary.

Thank you all for volunteering your time with Ride for Reading!


“Leap for Literacy” with CycleBar benefiting Ride for Reading

Did someone say it’s a Leap Year? Well then, our friends at CYCLEBAR are hosting a LEAP FOR LITERACY ride on Saturday, February 29th at 11:00am to benefit Ride for Reading. CycleStar Jessica, a Middle School Teacher, will be leading us for this 45 minute power-filled class.

Click on link below to reserve your bike for a minimum donation of $25 (or more). (If you do not currently have a CycleBar Account, you will need to set up one.) Spots are limited. **Reserve your bike by Saturday, Feb. 22nd to be entered in a drawing for some great raffle prizes! Bring 5 (or more) new or gently-used children’s books for an extra raffle ticket.

Cold refreshments and snacks will follow the ride. Don’t miss your chance for an exciting and energetic indoor cycling ride benefiting a local charity that is promoting literacy and healthy-living to children right here in Nashville.

Ride for Reading is a Nashville-based nonprofit that promotes literacy-readiness and healthy-living be collecting and delivering age-appropriate books to children in low-income communities, by bicycle. More information can be found at: www.rideforreading.org.


Ride for Reading’s 10 YEAR CELEBRATION!

Join us on Saturday, May 12th to celebrate Ride for Reading’s 10 year anniversary and as we wrap up National Ride for Reading week!

In 2008, Mathew Portell, had a small vision. As a public school educator, he learned there were many children who did not have books at home to read. In low-income communities, studies say that 1 in 300 children have access to age-appropriate books. As an avid cyclist, he decided to take his passion for cycling and combine it with a need to get books into children’s hands. 10 years ago, Ride for Reading was formed. Since then, Ride for Reading has mobilized over 13,000 volunteersdonated over 450,000 books, delivered to over 250 schools and had a presence in over 50 different cities across the country! 

Our overall mission is to continue to promote literacy & healthy-living by delivering age-appropriate books to children at Title 1 Schools and in low-income communities by bicycle.

To help celebrate 10 wonderful years, we are joining with our friends and Sponsor, Von Elrod’s Beer & Sausage Garden, for a celebration! We will be highlighting photos and stories from our deliveries & fundraising events over the years, recognizing our Volunteers and key Sponsors & Partners, Schools and more! There will be live music, discounts on food & drinks & great giveaways! We know Summer can be a busy time of year so mark your calendars now. Time: TBD. MORE DETAILS TO COME!

In honor of 10 great years, we are also setting a goal to raise $10,000 in 10 days between May 2-12, beginning with The Big Payback on May 2nd. This goal will help us put more books into more children’s hands. (Do we think we can raise more? Well, yes!! And we’ll shoot for more!) Will you join us in supporting our mission and donate $25, $50…$1,000 and see what kind of a difference we can make when we all come together? You can make your generous donations HERE.