STMS cycles to success |

STMS cycles to success

South Tahoe Middle School seventh-graders raised an approximated $2,000 during their Oct. 6 bike-a-thon fund-raiser.

According to teacher Mary Palin, the day was filled with team work and community service.

“What started out as a great fund-raiser, turned out to be a huge team building event,” Palin said.

Four morning teams and four afternoon teams started the day at 7 a.m. The morning teams began the bike relay, with two riders per leg, while the afternoon team was bussed to Bliss State Park for a hike to Emerald Bay.

The two groups met for lunch at Carnelian Bay, then the bikers set off for the hike, and the hikers began the bike-relay.

Each pair of students rode between 2 and 5 miles. Students who finished their leg of the race, or who had not yet completed it, spent their time cleaning up the beach and doing outside integrated lessons for school.

“There was always something to do,” Palin said.

STMS staff and parent volunteers also got involved.

Volunteers Greg Albino, Janice Bosson, Denise Burke, Denise Heller, Jill Johnston and Michelle Murphy took turns following the bike-relay in their cars, helping with scholastic lessons, and assisting the hikers.

“We could not have done this without the parent volunteers,” said Palin, who joined forces with fellow teacher Kathy Lease to oversee the two groups of student participants.

“We love to take these adventures,” Palin said. “They get the kids out of the classroom and working together.”

Seventh-grade Counselor Ken Griest and other STMS staff members rode with the kids in the bike-a-thon. Griest rode the entire distance around the lake, and according to Palin, he really kept the kids going.

The event came to a close at 5 p.m. when everyone gathered at the STMS parking lot to cheer on the final two riders of the relay.

“They were all so supportive of each other,” Palin said.

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