Ride for a Reason 2018
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Goal $2,000.00


Thank you for supporting Ride for a Reason 2018.

This will be my 5th year doing the Ride for a Reason! Even the 45-mile route (the shortest available option) is a challenge for me because I don't ride my bike much during the rest of the year, and I'm not in great cycling shape, but it's worth it for this great event for a great cause. 

As the librarian at Emerson Elementary School, I see first-hand how many needs go unfunded and what a difference the financial support from Ride for a Reason makes. I often walk by Oakland International High School at lunchtime and see the recent immigrant and refugee students there communicating in the only language they share: the international language of soccer! I am the parent of a 9th grader and a 12th grader, both at Oakland Tech, which hasn't had a functioning library or professional library staff in over a decade. When did librarians become a so-called luxury or extra that most public schools can't afford, as opposed to crucial services such as teachers, school secretaries, and custodians? Apparently it started in 1979 when Prop 13 passed and the funding for public services was crushed, eventually bringing the per-pupil funding in California's schools from the top to near the bottom in the nation. There will be a measure to reform Prop 13 on the ballot in 2020. 

In the meantime, please support me on the Ride for a Reason. When you make a donation, you get to make a comment on my page, and I can tell you from experience that those words of encouragement are very sustaining throughout the long day! 

The funds we raise will be split evenly between Edna Brewer Middle School, Claremont Middle, Oakland Technical High, Emerson Elementary, Westlake Middle School, Oakland International High, Roosevelt Middle School and Skyline High School.

Your donation is greatly appreciated!


  • Beth (about a week ago)


  • Anonymous (about 2 weeks ago)

    great cause!

  • Polly (about 3 weeks ago)

    Thanks to you and Paul for your inspiring commitment!

  • Cathy (about 3 weeks ago)

    I'm sure you rocked it!

  • Anonymous (about 3 weeks ago)

    Congrats, Jen!

  • Mika Hiramatsu and John (about 4 weeks ago)

    Go Jen!!

  • David (about 4 weeks ago)

    Go Jen!

  • John (about 4 weeks ago)

    Good luck!

  • Jennifer (about 4 weeks ago)

    Go team Bulldogs!

  • Hilary (about 4 weeks ago)

    So impressed that you're doing this - again! I hope it's a great day.

  • Carla (about a month ago)

    Go Jen go!

  • Melinda (about a month ago)

    You GO Jen!

  • Sam (about a month ago)

    Go Jen GO!

  • Kathy & Perry (about a month ago)

    Yay Jen!!

  • Sarah & Mike (about a month ago)

    Librarians rock!

  • Teresa (about a month ago)

    Yay, Jen!

  • Rhoda (about a month ago)

    Go Jen!

  • Wendy (about a month ago)

    Go Jen

  • Meredith (about a month ago)

    Ride, Jen! May the wind be at your back. :)

My Status
Number of pledges received: 24
Goal achievement: 170%
Number of page visits: 230
Days since event: 29

Event Information
What: Ride for a Reason 2018
When: Saturday April 28, 2018 at 05:30 AM

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