Mostly Tomatos took part in Ride for Reading’s National Week in Nashville, participating in a bicycle delivery of books to Fall Hamilton School.
National Week is Ride for Reading’s annual initiative where cities from across the country host their own delivery to benefit their local community each May. In Nashville, a number of riders met up at Reservoir Park and loaded up children’s books in back packs, baskets, and trailers. With a police escort riders headed off toward the elementary school.
Upon arriving at the school and climbing up the drive, riders were greeted by cheering kids, teachers, and administrators as the delivery took place outside. After a short introduction and a pledge taken by all on the importance of reading, the distribution of the books commenced. Each child in attendance was allowed two free books of their choosing. With the assistance of the riders and teachers at Fall Hamilton, the kids were able to get a hold of just the kind of genre they were interested in.
Meanwhile, as some kids were in line waiting to get a book, others were huddled around volunteer readers, like Shannon from Mostly Tomatos. The former elementary school teacher returned to her element by sitting down with a third grade class and reading a fan favorite, “Arthur Goes to Camp.” Very animated and interactive, Shannon engaged the children and got them excited about Arthur’s adventures. They were ready for her to pick up the second Arthur title she had in reserve, but alas, it was their turn to go and get their own two books to begin their own reading adventures.
By the event’s end, children were huddled all across the blacktop, noses buried in the books they had just received, and still buzzing about the visit from Ride for Reading.
We at Mostly Tomatos are proud to participate in events such as these with organizations like Ride for Reading. Many of the books we had previously donated were able to get into the hands of the children at Fall Hamilton, and we look forward to continuing to donate to Ride for Reading so children all over Nashville can enjoy the pleasure of reading.