I am a commute-to-work, ride-downtown-for-a-beer cyclist. Never have I attempted such a feat as riding 80 miles up and down hills from a town in another state back to home sweet home. I tried the 37-mile route at the Coeur d Fondo ride in Coeur d'Alene last year and as one of the last stragglers on my so-called "comfort bike," I appreciated all the concern of the course monitors as they asked me if I was alright but I declined their help and powered to the end. As I looked forward to 2019 and my 60th birthday. I realized it fell on the same day as the ChaFe ride and thought what better way to spend it than to accomplish something. No black balloons or birthday cake, just the feeling of accomplishment of completing a personal goal, beer and potato salad at the post-race party and, most importantly, a wad of dough for literacy for our kids!
More seriously, after coming to work as Lifelong Learning Coordinator at the East Bonner County Library 3 years ago, I have come face-to-face with literacy issues among people of all ages in our community, and I have also seen the progress that is possible when resources are spent helping our students. I am very excited CHAFE has chosen the Lake Pend Oreille School District’s Literacy Initiative as this year’s beneficiary. Funds will support this initiative by helping support a literacy curriculum, staff development, and expand after-school programs. This promotes the LPOSD vision of providing high-quality instruction and high levels of learning for every child, every day, in every classroom and environment. These funds are much needed and will make a world of difference in the lives of the many students who need help. Please consider a donation to this important cause help make this possible