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Hamagrael gears up to support Ride for Missing Children

Filed in Archive, District, District News, Hamagrael by on September 20, 2018

Hamagrael Elementary School is gearing up to welcome bicyclists who are part of the 2018 Ride for Missing Children (RFMC), which will make a stop at the school on Friday, September 21.

The 100-mile ride visits local elementary schools to raise public awareness of the plight of all missing and exploited children and the need for child safety education.

The Ride for Missing Children also raises money to support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s New York regional office’s ongoing work. Hundreds of bicyclists join rides in Rochester, Buffalo, Utica, Albany and Syracuse, raising funds along the way. Each registered rider wears a pin of a missing child that they are riding for.

Hamagrael is proud to have parents, teachers and friends who will be riding on as a school team. Teachers and staff took a day off and have spent countless hours training for the challenging ride. The Hamagrael riders will pedal 100 miles, two-by-two, passing through many communities along the way. The school is one of several special locations where riders will hydrate and refuel. Students and the Hamagrael school community will be able to provide the riders with some needed encouragement, while the riders will help deliver important safety messages for students.

“It’s a great feeling to be part of this team,” said Hamagrael principal Dave Ksanznak. “Our riders have worked hard and our school community has been so supportive. This is a great way to show our students the entire community is invested in keeping them safe and in turn, to remind them to make safe practices part of their everyday routines.”

The Hamagrael team, which includes 15 cyclists, has already raised more than $5,000 for the cause. Learn more about the Ride for Missing Children here.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the day before the riders arrive at the school, Hamagrael students are attending assemblies to learn more about being safe. Students in kindergarten through grade 2 are learning about personal safety and students in grades 3 through 5 are learning about internet safety.