Pittsburg, CA, — The Pittsburg Arts and Community Foundation (PACF) announced today that it will be kicking off its new “Books to Bikes” program, June 3, 2017.
For the program, PACF will donate a mini-library of ten books and a bike to 25-30 low-income children in the El Pueblo neighborhood. The program was made possible by a grant from the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District.
“We’re very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with LMCHD to help Pittsburg’s citizens again,” said Janis Glover, Program Manager for PACF. “Our Wellness Saturday program that they funded last year was a huge hit in the community and served hundreds of people at the Pittsburg Farmers’ Market.”
The program was the brainchild of Tim Manly, a former El Pueblo resident who volunteers at the Doris Manly Learning Center, named in honor of his mother, in order to give back to the community.
“We were very fortunate to receive the donation of 15 bikes from the Mt. Diablo Recycling Center and the help of Jim McFarland owner of the Wheel Peddler Mobile Bicycle Shop in Oakley who repaired them” said Manly. “I just wanted to find a way to get our kids to not only exercise their minds but also their bodies.”
The children will only receive a bike after giving a brief oral or written report on one of the books they read. PACF hopes the bikes will act as an incentive to get the children reading. Additional bikes and books are being purchased through LMCHD funding, while helmets will be donated through the Police Activities League.
“The program also ties in nicely with our other literacy programs offered by PACF” said Glover. “Ultimately, it’s about trying to make sure every child in Pittsburg has the opportunities they deserve.”
Saturday, June 3, 2017
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