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National Ride for Reading Week delivers books to Horizon and Sunset Vista


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Students At Frank Elementary In Tempe Pick Two Books Donated By Volunteers With Ride For Reading In May 2014. Photo Courtesy Tempe Elementary School District

Ride for Reading will host a local book delivery to Horizon and Sunset Vista elementary schools in Glendale Elementary School District on Friday, Sept. 18 with the help of volunteers from the local cycling community.

Ride for Reading will provide the students the opportunity to select a book that they may take home to promote literacy both in and outside the classroom.

National Ride for Reading Week delivers books to Horizon and Sunset Vista RideForReadingStudent

A student receives a book donated by Ride for Reading.

“We have found that there is a gap between school and home when it comes to literacy,” said Juan Torres, executive director of Ride for Reading. “A lot of students don’t have books, much less age-appropriate ones, at home and this affects the progress that is made during the school day. We want to make sure every child has the tools necessary to succeed as we work to decrease, and ultimately eliminate, illiteracy rates.”

These deliveries are in support of the “Let’s Start with a Book” campaign launched by Ride for Reading to raise awareness about illiteracy in the United States. More than 45 million adults are consider to be functionally illiterate in the United States and 85 percent of juvenile delinquents have difficulties reading. These statistics take an annual 20 billion dollar toll in the economy.

Ride for Reading promotes literacy and healthy living among kids living in low-income communities by delivering age-appropriate books via bicycle. With the support of volunteers and sponsors, Ride for Reading is celebrating its fourth annual National Ride for Reading Week.

National Ride for Reading Week is an annual nationwide effort in which volunteer cyclists host book deliveries to schools in their communities. This year, with over 16 cities confirmed, Ride for Reading approximates that more than 30,000 books will be delivered.

National Ride for Reading Week delivers books to Horizon and Sunset Vista RideForReadingBicyclists

Bicyclists bring books donated by Ride for Reading to children at a school in Tennessee.

In addition to Glendale, delivery cities include Las Vegas, Nashville, Memphis, Philadelphia and Detroit. Supporters will have the opportunity to volunteer or donate online through the event’s website at www.rideforreading.org/letsstartwithabook

About Ride for Reading

Established in 2008, Ride for Reading’s mission is to help children in low-income areas become healthy and literate. Highlighted by their unique way to get books into the hands of children, Ride for Reading has donated over 250,000 books to children of low-income families nationally. The organization has been featured  in  The  Tennessean,  Nashville  Parent, International  Mountain Bike  Magazine,  Bicycle  Times,  Mountain  Bike  Action and many more.

For more information on Ride for Reading, please contact Juan Torres, executive director, 786-325-6257 or juan.torres@rideforreading.com.

Video: Ride for Reading delivers more than 1,200 books to students at Frank Elementary in Tempe (May 2014):

Video: Ride for Reading Delivery Experience: