Motorcycles deliver supplies to Vail Valley students
Vail, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado – As a motorcade rumbled up to June Creek Elementary in Edwards, students squealed with delight.
“Wow! They’re all cool!” first-grader Joseline Martinez cried.
Members of the Cordillera Motorcycle Association roared up to the school on Harleys Wednesday morning to hand out backpacks to students.
The association has donated $45,000 this year to Vail-area schools.
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Avon and June Creek elementary schools received school supplies.
A large portion of the money will go to breakfast programs at several schools.
The motorcycle association raised the money at its Rider Cup fundraiser in July. The event generated about $150,000 for community groups.
Schools received about twice as much money as last year from the motorcycle association.
“We think we get the biggest bang for our buck by helping children get a good start in life,” Motorcycle Association President Bob Schmidt said.
Several schools will use the money to start or expand breakfast programs.
Avon, June Creek, Meadow Mountain, Gypsum and Edwards elementary will receive $5,000 each for their breakfast programs.
“Research has shown that kids who are hungry don’t learn,” Schmidt said. “It’s unfortunate, in this valley many of the kids come to school without having had breakfast and we want to fill that gap.”
Members of the motorcycle association visited with June Creek and Avon elementary students Wednesday.
“They’re really in touch with the community,” Avon Elementary principal Melisa Rewold-Thuon said. “I love the fact that they are so excited to come to our school.”
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