Ride for a Reason 2018
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Goal $2,250.00


The pictures are: Benny and Daniel on our connected bicycle when Benny was six (our second year!); and Daniel, Benny, and Ella in Sacramento last year; Benny riding last year (note the flooding of the causeway outside Sacramento from all the rain!).

This year Benny again will be riding his own bike!! We will ride 45 miles from Vacaville to Sacramento!!

Why the long bike ride? We are entering into this challenge with several goals:

  1. to raise money for educational enrichment at local public schools!
  2. to increase awareness in our community!
  3. to take our message to the capital in Sacramento!
  4. to participate in a fulfilling, community-building challenge!

Benny and Ella's school, Emerson Elementary, is one of seven schools that will benefit from this ride. These schools serve primarily (>70%) low-income children. Benny, who will be going into fifth grade, has gone to Emerson since kindergarten, and Ella will be starting first grade there in the fall.

1) At Emerson Elementary, about 75% of students receive free or reduced-price lunch. These are the kids who can either be buoyed out of poverty through education or be left to the terrible odds for under-educated minorities and the poor. School is our best vaccine (yes, I used that word) against poverty, against crime, against the violence and drugs of Oakland.

2) Overall, California schools are now woefully underfunded--still in the bottom 20% in the nation! We have to decide between money for a second reading interventionist and money for a counselor whose job is to prevent the forty-some boys and girls with social-behavioral problems from falling through the cracks at such an early and vulnerable stage of life.

3) We are fortunate to be among the relatively affluent families at this school, yet these families alone cannot adequately fund the needs of the school. We are force to pass the hat until the people of California and their elected representatives increase the funding of public education.

4) Please give what you can. I know that we live in a world of great riches and even greater need. My hope and belief is that donating money for education, especially for public education, is the most leveraged kind of donating we can do.  

How much money should you give? To put this fundraiser in perspective, in the excellent nearby public schools, non-public funding from the community exceeds $1000 per student per year. At Emerson we struggle to have $150 per student per year. The good news is that through grants and other mechanisms, Emerson can really leverage that money.  For concrete purposes please consider the following:

  • $100 buys musical instruments for five students
  • $50 buys a field trip or other event for two students

Thank you for reading this! Please consider contributing by clicking the Donate Now button above.



  • Todd (about 2 weeks ago)

    I love everything about this - happy to support Team Barsky and education!

  • Amparo (about 3 weeks ago)

    Awesome job, Daniel and Benny!

  • Penny (about 3 weeks ago)

    Way to go!

  • Naomi&Jerry (about 4 weeks ago)

    Go!!, Ben and Dan

  • Amy (about 4 weeks ago)

    45 miles is so impressive!

  • Alexx (about 4 weeks ago)

    Go Barskys!

  • Grace and Joe (about 4 weeks ago)

    Good luck!

  • Ryan (about 4 weeks ago)

    Woo! Go Benny!

  • Elizabeth (about 4 weeks ago)

    Daniel and Benny, I am sure your team adds much fun to the fundraising.

  • Anonymous (about 4 weeks ago)

    Go Team Barsky!

  • Amy (about 4 weeks ago)

    Way to go Daniel and Benny! Ride safe! Hopefully we will join you next year!

  • Anonymous (about 4 weeks ago)

    Go, Benny Boo and Danny Boy! Rubber side up and sunscreen on!

My Status
Number of pledges received: 15
Goal achievement: 82%
Number of page visits: 117
Days since event: 29
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Event Information
What: Ride for a Reason 2018
When: Saturday April 28, 2018 at 05:30 AM

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