Our Dearest R4R Family, We are into the final days before we ride into Sacramento for the love of public education--good public education. We hope you’ll take a moment to send out that final ask for support to your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. With $148,536 raised, we have $71,464 left to raise by Saturday. This is a big number but our kids have bigger dreams.
Thanks for your support and riding with us!
In community, Your R4R Planning Team
FINAL RACE TO THE FINISH: Prizes, Gold Star Bearers, and Our Top 10
Prizes There is just a day and a half left to claim one of our last fundraising prizes. You have until 6PM tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24th, to win a one-hour massage from Oakbay Chiropractic or three bottles of fine wine. Winners will be chosen based on the most number of donations and the most dollars raised between 12PM, April 17th - 6PM, April 24th.
Earn Your Stars -- Join the Club! Congratulations to 24 riders who have reached the $1,000 threshold and have earned gold stars on their bibs with many more on the cusp! We’ll have gold stars available up until the morning of the ride.
We also added some rainbow stars to acknowledge all the riders who raised the suggested minimum of $250. As of today, we have over 100 riders meeting this goal! We have LOTS and LOTS of stars to give out, so we hope you’ll join the club.
The Current Top 10 This is how it stands as of today. But by 6PM tomorrow night, we’ll award the Top 10 at that moment with ceremonial bib numbers 1-10. Remember, the person with #1 will also win our Sports Basement Gift Card! Let the games begin!
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? Check out the Rider Info Packet that is loaded with lots of important information about bus departure times, rest stops, finish line schedule, etc… Don’t get left behind and download it here.
DON’T FORGET! Early Packet Pick Up on Thursday, April 25th Don’t rush the morning of the ride and come pick up your bib and water bottle at Early Packet Pick Up on Thursday, April 25th. Sports Basement will add $1 to the gift card for every rider that comes through between 5:30 - 7:30PM. This gift card will be awarded to our overall top fundraiser as of 3PM, April 27th. Thursday, April 25th 5:30 - 7:30PM Sports Basement 2727 Milvia St Berkeley
4/17/19 - Let the Countdown Begin
And the winners are...This week’s fundraising competition doubled last week’s number, bringing in over $21,500 -- all in just five days! WOW! Congrats to our winners:
Real-World Fundraising Tips If you need some inspiration and social media insight, here’s some sage advice from Steve Kurzman, our top fundraiser last week and Life Academy Teacher Claire Shorall:
Most people want to help make the world a better place, and Ride for a Reason is a great way to do that because it supports public education in our community -- and it's easy to donate a few dollars. My trick is, remember that people want to help, just don't be afraid to ask. I sent brief emails with a clear call to action to a bunch of family, friends and folks at my synagogue. I also asked everyone at work and gave them a link where they could request a matching grant from our employer. It's a bit of work but it pays off.-- Steve K.
Frame donations to your friends as a trade-off for something reasonable (ie, donate what you would have spent on coffee this week). Keep your followers apprised of your training progress; if they know you're taking the event seriously they are more likely to support you. Lastly, some donors benefit from better understanding the issues at hand. By sharing a news article or blog post about education funding you entice people to give to a cause they now get. -- Claire S.
BIB PICK UP:ALL RIDERS must pick up their bibs at one of two places -- they will not be available at any other time:
At Sports Basement on Thursday, 4/25 (see pink box above); and
At Oakland Tech on the morning of the ride between 6AM - 7:30AM.
Bag Check is only offered at Oakland Tech the morning of the ride between 6AM - 7:30AM. Do to limited capacity, we cannot offer it at different rest stops. If you are taking the bus for the 45- or 68-mile routes, you can leave your items on the bus at your own discretion, as R4R will not assume any liability for any lost or missing items.
Rider Packet -- READ ME!! As we approach the final weeks before R4R, we want you to have all the details to prep for your big day on the bike. Download our detailed rider packet here and let us know if you have any other questions.
Two Chances to Win: Annual Ford GoBike Memberships! With just four weeks to go, we know this is when the fundraising magic really happens. To add a little bit more incentive, we are launching our first fundraising competition that will run from March 27th to April 4th. Ford GoBike will award the person with the MOST NUMBER OF DONATIONS OF ANY AMOUNT and the person who raises the MOST DOLLARS RAISED in this timeframe with an annual membership (value: $149 each). Winner will be notified via email and will be announced in our next newsletter and on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram). Let’s go!!
Still Seeking Volunteers R4R is still looking for SAG drivers and handy bike mechanics to support our riders to Sac! If you know anyone, please invite them to be part of the R4R volunteer crew. Lunch, ride t-shirt, and gratitude provided! Link here.
The Student Bike Drive continues! Cycles of Change, The California Field School, and Laurel Cyclery invite you to support getting students on bikes through our Spring Bike Drive! This May, 25 Oakland high school students are riding over 300 miles from Humboldt County to San Francisco, and they need bikes to ride! Some of them will also be doing R4R as part of their training! Learn how to give that old (but still working!) bike of yours a new home here.
R4R Registration Increases 4/1 If you have any friends and family interested in riding, please let them know registration increases on Monday to $150 and $60 for students and teachers. Encourage them to register now!
Upcoming Training Ride Middle of the Road (MOTR) Riders - Saturday, March 30, 2019 We’ll meet at 8:15AM AT OAKLAND TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL and do the first part of the R4R route through Berkeley, Tilden Park, to Orinda. From there we will loop through Lafayette, Alamo, San Ramon, Castro Valley, San Leandro, Alameda, and Oakland, ending where we started. Covering 60+ miles with about 3000 feet of climb, this ride is a bit of a jump in mileage so plan to make a day of it – it should take a good six hours to do the full route. As always, bring water and snacks to get you through a long day of pedaling – we’ll have one rest and lunch stop midway but you’ll need more calories than that to get you through the day.
Details Meeting: 8:15 am on SATURDAY, March 30 Rolling: 8:30 am Meet up spot: Oakland Technical High School front steps Bring: Snacks, lunch, money, water Route Sheet: Norris Canyon We always recommend printing a route sheet you can see while you're riding (DIY binder clip and rubber band cue sheet holder directions here). The route sheet will tell you our precise turns (and this ride has a ton of them), as well as our rest stop meet up location(s). Ride contacts are Dashka Slater via email or txt 510-967-5553, or Lesli van Moon via email or txt 510-541-5375. Rain cancels.
Capitol Corridor Amtrak Offers Half-Price Tickets! If you are doing the 68-mile ride or planning to take the train back home from Sacramento, now is the time to get your tickets! Capitol Corridor is running a special promo: buy one full-price fare and get up to five other tickets at half price! Must use this link to get the deal.
3/8/19 - March Newsletter
R4R on Pace to Hit Record Numbers! As of today, we have 235 riders registered and almost $50,000 raised -- this is a whopping increase over where we were this time last year. Given the challenges our students and teachers are facing with budget cuts, we are ECSTATIC. We hope this trend continues over the next seven weeks so that we deliver bigger checks to our schools. Thank you!
Reflections on the OUSD Strike The Oakland teachers' strike is now over in OUSD. And while the teachers' union came to an agreement with the school district over a new contract, ending the hard work of pounding the pavement, much hard work remains.
We at R4R felt gratitude for the teachers who were willing to demonstrate not just for themselves and their livelihoods, but on behalf of their students and the future of public education. Striking teachers expressed thanks to their students, their students' families, and the community members who marched in solidarity to support the teachers' strike. The number of people in the streets talking, chanting, marching for change in the way we fund our schools was inspiring. R4R's message was being repeated and amplified all over the city, and echoed down Broadway in the chants for solid public schools for all. R4R's sense of purpose found new voice in solidarity.
Every labor action must end with some dissatisfaction: negotiations mean that not everyone can get all that they want, and some people will be disappointed in the end, seemingly giving lie to the inspiring unity that the teachers felt at the beginning of the strike. Were unity and solidarity mirages? Sometimes the victory is sweet, but it is leavened with the bitterness of compromise. But the dissatisfaction and the frustration come from a well of feeling fed by strong, clear springs of devotion. That devotion to do right by the young people, the students of California, remains with us all. This part is done. Now let's do the next thing, and the next, and the one after that. That's how we accomplish the miles to go. Write to a legislator: "More money for public education!" Ride a bike.
Fundraising Tip #2 Did you know every dollar you raise is directly invested in students and experiences such as field trips, sports uniforms, and other after school programs? If you have sent out your fundraising letter, great job!
Here are three tips to help you follow up:
Get organized. Remember to keep track of who you’ve asked and how much you’ve asked for (asking for a specific dollar amount makes a difference!).
Connect yourself to R4R. People give to people so share the moment you knew you wanted to get involved in R4R -- even a photo of you at a prior ride or in your R4R shirt goes a long way!
Set a deadline. Give yourself (and others!) a finish line to strive toward. We recommend setting a donation deadline of April 23rd.
Volunteers Needed! Know someone who would love to be involved with R4R but just not on a bike? Invite them to be part of the R4R volunteer crew! Send them this link!
Can You Sponsor a Student Rider? We have a record number of students wanting to participate in R4R's 45-mile course but need your help! We are looking for 25 individuals to sponsor one student’s registration and round trip bus ticket for $75. If this is you, click here and scroll to the bottom to select “Sponsor a Student Rider.”
2019 R4R Jersey: Orders due 2/15/19 This is your last chance to guarantee your 2019 R4R Jersey in your size. Designed by an Oakland Tech student, this year's jersey will be in the colors of this year's logo. The last day to pre-order your jersey is Friday, February 15th. Order here.
Full and Fair Funding Resolution R4R is proud to endorse the California School Board Association’s Full and Fair Funding resolution that calls for raising K-12 education spending in California to the national average by 2020 and to the top ten by 2025. Please read more at the link above and sign the petition here. Did you know...In the 2017-18 school year, the total number of students in K-12 public schools in CA was 6,220,000 and the funding shortfall as compared to the national average was approximately $2,000 per student. Therefore, to get us to the national average, we would need to add a minimum of $12.4 billion to the General Fund for K-12 education. Upcoming Training Rides We know the weather hasn't been cooperating but we're trying!
Middle of the Road (MOTR) Riders: Saturday, February 16,⋅9:00am – 1:30pmParadise Loop (Marin) - Enjoy this lovely 45-mile loop through Marin. Leaves from the Ferry Building in SF at 9am. Rain cancels.
Easy Riders: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:00AM - 11:30AMBay Trail. Riders meet up at Chevys(1890 Powell St, Emeryville) 9am in the parking lot behind Chevy’s for a kid and beginner friendly ride. We’ll roll out at 9:15 and ride north along the Bay Trail bike path. No one will be left behind.
About Ride for A Reason Ride for A Reason is a fundraising ride sponsored by the Claremont Middle School PTA benefiting ten public schools in Oakland. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (Tax ID: 94-6171801)