Ride for a Reason 2017
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Goal $1,500.00


This is Going to be Great!

Help me support my neighborhood public schools, Oakland's public schools, and advocate for stronger state funding for public education. The organizers have done an excellent job in growing the event and partnering with schools that encompass Oakland's incredible diversity: Emerson Elementary, Claremont Middle, Oakland International High, Oakland Technical High, Edna Brewer Middle, Westlake Middle, and a new "family member" - Roosevelt Middle School. This is my fifth year with Ride for a Reason, and what a great bunch of rides it's been.

Why Fundraise?

Your donations support key programs that are beyond the means of these schools' regular budgets. They are called "enrichment" activities, but they seem pretty basic to cultivating smart, confident, and kind kids. Here are some examples. At Emerson Elementary, fundraising fully supported a music program for all students in kindergarten through second grade plus art classes in cooperation with Studio One, a nearby arts center. At Oakland International High, funding supported language-specific mental health services and a soccer program to help immigrant students on this campus where 32 languages are spoken. At Oakland Tech, funding supported a mini-grant program to enable classroom projects - like a special education class that learned knitting, made baby hats, and donated them for newborns at Children's Hospital. All donations are divided evenly between the participating schools. How about that for dollars working hard for good?

About the Cycling...

On April 29 I will ride 109 miles from Oakland Technical High School (a couple blocks from my home) to the State Capitol in Sacramento. In preparation, I am going to ride over 1,500 miles to match my fundraising goal of $1,500. This has me starting in mid-January and riding over 100 miles per week.

Thank You!

This is my once per year "ask" of families, friends, and colleagues, and this is the only fundraising ask that I make. It's an intentional choice that I put this one "ask" towards the underserved schools in my neighborhood and city. California State funding for public education is amongst the lowest in the nation. I believe that economic stratification is one of the critical issues of our time. We need strong schools for our country's social safety net. This benefit ride is a small way to reach across Oakland's race and class divides. It is both a fundraising effort and a demonstration for political change. Thank you for hearing the "ask"!


  • Valerie (about 3 months ago)

    Such a great cause, Jason!

  • Joyce (about 3 months ago)

    Ride on for a great cause. Deep bows. Ur mom's pal

  • Si (about 3 months ago)

    Go, Jason.... Love to support kids.

  • Bruce (about 3 months ago)

    happy to support your pedaling for a good cause

  • Shannon (about 3 months ago)

    Thank you for riding!

  • Dave (about 3 months ago)

    keep your knees in

  • Scott (about 3 months ago)

    Have a blast!

  • Mohamed (about 3 months ago)

    Very Impressive!

  • Aletheia (about 3 months ago)

    Love this!

  • Caephren (about 3 months ago)

    Good luck with the ride, Jason! Keep safe!

  • George (about 3 months ago)

    Keep the rubber side down!

  • Iris (about 3 months ago)

    Hope you don't have any flat tires!!

  • Anonymous (about 3 months ago)

    Deja. Vu, Hoag and Yves are behind you!

  • Rufus and Suzy (about 3 months ago)

    I've seen you ride a tricycle! You're awesome!

  • Tom and Sara (about 3 months ago)

    Go Jason!

  • Katherine (about 3 months ago)

    Enjoy the Ride, Jason!

  • Christopher (about 3 months ago)


  • Wendy (about 4 months ago)

    I'm proud to be related to you, have a great ride!

  • Betty (about 4 months ago)

    Thanks for doing this!!

  • Ali (about 4 months ago)

    Have a great ride!

  • Thomas (about 4 months ago)

    Way to go!

  • Hi and Lois (about 4 months ago)

    Glad you are doing this again. Have fun!

  • Melinda (about 4 months ago)

    Have a great ride! love Melinda and Dad

  • Carol (about 4 months ago)

    Ride like the wind, Jason !!!!

  • Carlos (about 4 months ago)

    Ride on!

  • Peter (about 4 months ago)

    Thanks for riding for these great Oakland Schools

  • Diana (about 4 months ago)


  • Jim and Mary (about 4 months ago)

    A good cause and a great guy riding!

  • Nick (about 4 months ago)

    Good Luck!

My Status
Number of pledges received: 35
Goal achievement: 180%
Number of page visits: 472
Days since event: 111

Event Information
What: Ride for a Reason 2017
When: Saturday April 29, 2017 at 06:00 AM

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