Ferst Foundation gears up for bike ride

by Bradley Hartsell

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Tandem bicycle riders Jeff and Wendy Nalley prepare to head out from the Moreland Mill for the 2012 Grizzard ride for the Ferst Foundation. The event returns Sunday. 


This Sunday, Oct. 6, brings the 2013 edition of the Lewis Grizzard and Catfish Memorial Bike Ride for Literacy. the ride will raise funds for early childhood literacy efforts on behalf of the Ferst Foundation.

Riders have the option of a 12, 25, 62 or 100-mile ride through rural Coweta County starting at the Moreland Mill.

The mission of event host, The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, is to provide age-appropriate books for children from birth to five years old. In particular, the foundation reaches out to low-income families, making books available to them as well as a guide to allow the child the maximum amount of learning from each book. For $28, a child will have a book arriving through the mail, daily for one year.

“Our goal is to have each child come to kindergarten ready to learn,” says representative for the foundation, Janie Lore. “I feel that it is workforce development in its simplest form.” Lore explains businesses considering certain communities, will look at the success rate of the school system before committing to that area. Armed with that information, the foundation finds it paramount to stress education early and often. “Most of our board members are educators,” she adds. “We feel that Coweta Ferst Foundation helps to bring students to school ready to learn with less remediation.”

Despite the serious intentions behind the fundraiser — childhood literacy — the bicycle ride is being looked upon as a way to have fun and explore the prettiest parts of Coweta County.

“I’m excited because the bike ride is a great way to showcase our beautiful county — especially the rural areas — and it helps promote a healthy lifestyle, family time, exercise and learning,” says Lore. “I am a supporter of lifelong learning and through this program, parents are encouraged to begin reading to their children at birth. This love of reading can then continue for the remainder of the child's life.”

Ride-day registration for the ride is $35. Lunch is provided at the end of the ride and each rider will receive a commemorative t-shirt. For more information, contact Nelda at nboren59@att.net or Linda at lbrass@wspackaging.com .



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