LINCOLN-On Sept. 30, at 3 p.m., Lincoln Community School students will ride their bikes 5.5 miles from LCS to the Bristol Green in a farm-to-cafeteria event to raise money to ensure Misty Knoll locally-raised chicken is a consistent part of the school's lunch program.
"The idea of a bike ride got the kids excited," said school food-service manager Laura Collaro, organizer of the event. "And raising money to buy healthful, local products for school lunches not only helps the kids appreciate the food they are served, but also directly engages them in the 'why? what? where?' of buying local, natural products."
Students not riding from the school can choose to ride from the Bristol Lord's Prayer Rock to the town green, around the green, or pledge to ride to school a certain number of days during September.
Prior to the ride, bike safety instruction will be reviewed with all riders. The day of the ride the Addison County Sheriff's office will provide two vehicles to help manage traffic as students move along the streets. Bikers will be greeted at the end with a celebration at the Bristol Farmers' Market that includes food and a raffle.
Water bottles for all riders were donated by several local businesses.
According to Principal Tory Riley, "The benefit bike ride provides students with an opportunity for physical activity with peers, parents, and community members. By raising money to support a local farm, children begin to understand connections between healthy food, a healthy local economy, and a vibrant community in which we support one another."
Rain date for the ride is Wednesday, Oct. 7.
For more information, contact Laura Collaro at the Lincoln Community School at 453-2119.