Big Bear Chapter donates $1,000 for student meals

    (Riverton, WY) – The Feed the Kids Bike & Car Show donation of $1,000 was made to the Fremont County School District #25 food service program on August 19th.

    This past June, to kick off the summer, the local Big Bear Chapter of the Oilfield Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club held their 2nd annual Feed the Kids Bike & Car Show at the fairgrounds. Proceeds were earmarked for student meal accounts at local schools.

    The event also included “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” teddy bear anti-bullying campaign, six brand new bicycles were raffled off, and a COVID car smash to benefit local nonprofit Health for Health Hospice.

    h/t Trish Thorpe

    The $1,000 bike and car show proceeds are intended to help bridge the gap between the free and reduced income-based meal program, and families who may have difficulties outside the program.

    “We do not have other programs to help with families that have financial situations at the school district levels to assist with paying off their debts,” shared Jane Stanfield, FCSD #25 nutrition food service director.

    Donations are divided among the schools in the district on an as-needed basis directly to students’ accounts on an administration level.

    “We strive to help the families and children in the community because we know from experience, sometimes a family income exceeds the guidelines by only $10 or $20 a month. What difference is that $10 a month really going to make? But federal programs have guidelines for a reason, and they must stick to them. We want to ease, or at least help bridge that gap, and will continue to reach out to the community for sake of local families,” said Trish Thorpe, Big Bear Chapter treasurer.

    h/t Trish Thorpe

    “Our event donation of $1,000 this year will pay for approximately 500 student meals! That is amazing. But when you stop and think about it, when divided among several schools in the district, we realize that is not much. We aim for even higher next summer, when we host our next event in 2022,” shared James Thorpe, Big Bear Chapter president. “We also would like to thank the school district for allowing us to continue to donate to the cause, and help our community.”

    Thank you plaques were given to Eric Smartt of Smartt Insurance, and Traci Cooper of Liberty Pawn as a thank you for their support and contributions to the Big Bear Chapter’s efforts.


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