A six-mile bike ride through Delano Saturday, Oct. 6, by St. Peter’s School students and their families marked the end of the school’s “Ride for a Reason,” a fundraiser associated with the Marathon for Nonpublic Education.
In five weeks, students collected more than 1,200 names of special people or causes for whom they rode “in memory of” or “in honor of” that day. And, they raised nearly $55,000 to help operate St. Peter’s Catholic School in Delano. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the school.
Cold temperatures set the stage for a chilly ride or walk around town for about 130 participants, including the Rev. Paul Kammen, who ran the route with his dog, Kirby. However, students and their families were riding with warm hearts, said St. Peter’s Principal Shannon Calice.
“We are deeply humbled by the generous support from area residents and businesses for our students and Ride for a Reason,” Calice said. “We are very grateful for donations, and most importantly, people’s willingness to share personal stories of people for whom we could ride.
“With every name and cause we collect, we are teaching our students the life-skill to stop, think beyond his or her own needs, and reflect upon others and pray for their well-being,” she added. “It’s a lesson that will stick with them for a lifetime.”
More than 100 area businesses supported Ride for a Reason and were added to the mural, which was on display for the public to see at the Marathon finish line in Delano City Park and other public venues.
Despite the cold, participants enjoyed a special treat at the finish line — frozen yogurt and toppings, such as granola, Oreos and gummy bears. A frozen yogurt franchise donated the treats when the school reached the $30,000 fund raising mark on Sept. 28.
Students added the names they collected to a large Ride for a Reason art mural, created by sixth-grade students and teachers. Names included family, friends and acquaintances of donors, as well as causes and groups, such as people who have lost jobs, men and women in serving our country overseas, an improved economy, children and families without homes, health and vitality of all, the success of local businesses, and world peace.
Principal Calice, Rev. Kammen, and the school’s teachers guided students during the pledge drive in a variety of special activities, such as a special Mass and frequent educational units that conveyed the importance of supporting and praying for others.
For more information about Ride for a Reason and St. Peter’s School, visit stpetersschool-delano.com.