Pleasanton Education Foundation helps sponsor Earn-a-Bike



Unassembled bikes being handed out at the Pleasanton Elementary School. Pictured left to right are: Destiny Mujica, Earn-a-Bike Executive Director; Heather Foster, PISD Education Foundation President; Mark Tullos, PISD Education Foundation Member; Aracely and Cristian Sandoval, Earn-a-Bike Founders; Margie Mendez, PISD Education Foundation Member; Delia Rodriguez, Pleasanton Elementary School Social Worker/Earn-A-Bike Coordinator and Rodney Rodriguez. PLEASANTON ISD | COURTESY PHOTOS

Unassembled bikes being handed out at the Pleasanton Elementary School. Pictured left to right are: Destiny Mujica, Earn-a-Bike Executive Director; Heather Foster, PISD Education Foundation President; Mark Tullos, PISD Education Foundation Member; Aracely and Cristian Sandoval, Earn-a-Bike Founders; Margie Mendez, PISD Education Foundation Member; Delia Rodriguez, Pleasanton Elementary School Social Worker/Earn-A-Bike Coordinator and Rodney Rodriguez. PLEASANTON ISD | COURTESY PHOTOS

Pleasanton ISD recently participated in the Earna Bike Program based out of San Antonio. Earna Bike provides students an opportunity to learn about healthy living, nutrition, bicycle safety, good decision making and more. This eight-week long program was offered to fourth grade students who were incentivized to meet academic, behavior and attendance requirements in order to participate. Earn-a-Bike provided Pleasanton Elementary School with a set number of bike materials, and the Pleasanton Education Foundation provided funding for the remaining materials.

Pleasanton Elementary School Principal, Erica Bernal, was the first principal in a rural district to host Earn-a-Bike for her students. The program began earlier in the spring semester, and the students participated in their final bike build virtually, through Zoom, on May 2.

Delia Rodriguez, the Pleasanton Elementary School social worker, was a major asset to this program. She worked with the students during the school day, and during the COVID-19 school closure, Rodriguez met with the students virtually. Rodriguez started off with 38 students and 33 continued to meet the requirements and earned their bike building kit. This kit included the bike building materials, a helmet, lock and T-shirt.

Pictured are Gene Anthony Vasquez, 4th grade Earn-a-Bike participant and his father, Eugene Vasquez.

Pictured are Gene Anthony Vasquez, 4th grade Earn-a-Bike participant and his father, Eugene Vasquez.

Though the students did not get to build their bikes with their classmates due to the COVID-19 school closure, the students were still able to pick up their kits and build their bikes remotely. Rodriguez highlighted how exciting it was to see her students build their bikes with the help and guidance of their parents.

Pleasanton ISD Education Foundation has already started fundraising for next year’s Earn-a-Bike program. If you would like to donate, this fund can be accessed on the Pleasanton ISD Education Foundation Facebook Page.

Their 7th Annual School’s Out for Summer Golf Tournament had to be cancelled this year, but you can still donate to the teachers and students of Pleasanton ISD by mailing a donation to the PISD Education Foundation at 831 Stadium Dr. Pleasanton, Texas 78064. If you would like to become a member of the Pleasanton Education Foundation, visit their Facebook page, send them a message and a board member will contact you with details on how to join.

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