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Ride for Reading promotes good health and better education

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Ride for Reading founder Mathew Portell Ride for Reading founder Mathew Portell
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It's amazing the difference you can make in someone's life just by giving that person a book. In low-income areas, it's estimated only one in every 300 households has an age-appropriate book in the home.

But people in Nashville are trying to change that through a program called Ride for Reading, which promotes good health and better education.

The cyclists ride their bikes to deliver books to young people who need them. The idea is simple, and it's working.

"People want to do well and good for others, but a lot of times they don't know what to do," said Ride for Reading founder Mathew Portell.

Portell is a Metro teacher and avid bike rider who believes in the power of reading.

"So when I found out that the kids in my class didn't have books, I ride a bike and use my passion for riding and reading, and there it was," he said.

Ride For Reading gives old books new life and puts them into the hands of children - often the first book they've ever owned.

"We've got them by ages: high school, middle," said program volunteer Graham Gerdeman.

Portell's little idea of bikes and books has now inspired cyclists across the country. Last year, about 60,000 books made their way into the hands of young people ready to read.

If you want to help the Ride for Reading program, visit: http://www.rideforreading.org/.

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