JOIN OUR 7TH ANNUAL BIKE RIDE FROM OAKLAND TO THE CAPITOL TO SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION, and raise essential funds for Oakland schools. Last year, 250 students, teachers, parents and community members pedaled to Sacramento to draw attention to the crisis in funding for education. After years of dis-investment, we must demonstrate to Sacramento that Prop 30 is only the beginning, and make clear that more funding, resources and support is required. Working together, we can proudly restore public education in California!
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! HELP US REGISTER 250 RIDERS AND RAISE $100,000! Every dollar raised is shared equally between Emerson Elementary, Claremont Middle, Edna Brewer Middle, Oakland International High School, Oakland Technical High, and Westlake Middle School. We encourage all our riders to raise at least $250 in pledges to help us meet our fundraising goal!
JOIN US FOR FULLY SUPPORTED 45- AND 109-MILE RIDES, OR MAKE A PLEDGE FOR EDUCATION! Every pledge and rider makes a difference! Our 109-mile ride is organized like traditional Century ride. You check in, get your map and swag, and start the ride. Our 45-mile ride is perfect for novice riders, families, and kids. Our experienced ride leaders support and encourage this group every mile of the way to the State Capitol. We provide SAG-wagon support, rest stops, a great lunch, transportation to the starting point for the 45-mile ride in Vacaville, and also home from Sacramento. Every rider and volunteer will gather on the Capitol steps for our call to action and RALLY FOR EDUCATION!
Our emphasis is on the whole child, with excellent academics, music, art, physical education, poetry, gardening, field trips and community building. Emerson is one of six schools Oakland pioneering Balanced Literacy, and the goal is to get kids reading a ton. Large classroom libraries mean they can pick books based on their interests. The children have choral music and orchestra, art instruction and ceramics, a fabulous library, and a full-time PE Coach, all offered at one of the nicest campuses in Oakland — grass, gardens, and green abound! We also offer an enriching after school program including tutoring, homework assistance, science, fine arts, as well as focused sports activities.
Emerson Elementary is a small learning community, yet our students reflect the wonderful diversity of Oakland, with a range of skin tones, beliefs, languages and nationalities. On our school report card, 99% of our students reported that they "feel that classes are interesting and make them want to learn more." With murals on the walls, halls filled with art, music on the stage, and a vibrant, caring community, Emerson is a enriching space for kids to grow.