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DENVER, Colo—Denver-based women’s competitive cycling team TriBella Race Team will deliver over 500 donated children’s books by bicycle to Columbine Elementary School Friday, April 29, 2011. The TriBella Race Team is partnering with the charity Ride for Reading, a Nashville-based non-profit with a mission to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income neighborhoods.
“Three years ago I recognized the need for books in the homes of children from low- income areas, so I combined my passion for cycling and literacy to create Ride for Reading,” said Executive Director Mathew Portell. “Since then, we are always looking to spread our mission with children around the country and it excites us to partner with TriBella Race Team to meet the needs of children in Denver, Colorado and hope others will do the same in their backyard.”
The proposed $332 million in cuts to Colorado’s K-12 total program funding prompted the team to take action. Columbine Elementary was chosen due to the number of children on free and reduced lunch programs and its proximity to the team’s group ride launching point.
“Our team isn’t about simply training and racing each weekend, we are dedicated to making our community a better place to live and ride,” said Rachel Scott, TriBella Race
Team member. “I can think of no better way to teach our future progeny about bike safety, fitness, literacy and volunteering wrapped up into one delivery.”
The first-year women’s cycling team received a donation of 300 books from the Colorado Mountain Club Press and 65 books from the VeloPress to kick off the book delivery. Several age-appropriate new and used books are still needed. Book donation drop boxes are located around the metro-Denver and Boulder areas. All cyclists are welcome to volunteer with the team.
For more information on the delivery, for a listing of book donation drop points, or to inquire about volunteering, please visit www.tribellaracing.com. Visit www.RideforReading.org for more information on Ride for Reading.