Bike Ride for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom
The IAA Foundation hosted the 19th Annual Bike Ride for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom this past week, which brought together cyclists and volunteers from across the state to raise funds for IAITC.
Forty-five cyclists pedaled 240 miles over five northern Illinois counties to spread the message of agriculture to school children. They also spoke on the importance of bicycle safety and even had 90 helmets to leave behind to help ensure that kids wear a helmet every time they ride.
Riders enjoyed the beautiful vistas AND great hospitality brought by our host counties. Much recognition and thanks go to Stephenson, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle and Winnebago-Boone County Farm Bureaus for their support and enthusiasm in hosting this year’s ride. We used the theme “Nature’s Roller Coaster” and our riders can now attest to how true this is when pedaling up and down the hilly countryside in our most northern region!
Our sincere thanks to every County Farm Bureau who helped promote the ride or sponsored riders. With your support, the bike ride brings in close to $40,000 in donations each year. Fundraising events are one way the IAA Foundation is able to give more than $700,000 to ag literacy efforts each year, including more than $500,000 in County Coalition Grants.