The first Ride 4A Reason happened in 2008: four cyclists with children in public schools, frustrated by the severe state budget cuts to eduction, rode from Oakland to Sacramento to dramatize their determination to do better for California’s students.
Last year, 250 students, teachers, parents and community members pedaled from Oakland to the steps of the State Capitol to advocate for greater funding for education and reform in the way that California funds its public schools.
Many schools in California depend on community fundraising to provide elective classes and enrichment programs — things that used to be thought of as necessary like libraries, art and music, science equipment, sports programs, and low-cost after-school activities. But community fundraising alone can’t do the really thorough work needed to fully staff and support all schools, especially in big, urban districts. California teacher salaries remain uncompetitive, and our state’s spending per pupil remains well below the national average. We can’t car-wash and bake-sale our way out of big, structural problems like that.
That’s why we ride to Sacramento — to bring attention to the ongoing problem of underfunded public schools.
Claremont Middle School PTA is the fiscal sponsor for Ride for a Reason and is a 501(c) 3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law.
Some members of the R4R 2020 Planning Committee
About Ride 4A Reason Ride 4A Reason is a fundraising ride sponsored by the Claremont Middle School PTA benefiting public schools in Oakland and Alameda. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (Tax ID: 94-6171801)