The cost of renting a bus for 20 trips to Randall's Island is $6397, including <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
We are trying to start after school sports and activity clubs for the children that meet twice each week to start. Harlem has a 43% obesity rate, and among the highest rates of inactivity related illness in the United States. We are desperately trying to reverse this trend for our students. In order to do this, we need to rent a bus twice a week. I have planned several clubs for the children. Randalls Island Kids through Sabina Ellentuck has donated a field for the children to play soccer and a bus to take us there 6 Thursdays this fall and 10 in the spring. They have also donated free Tennis lessons for our students on 10 Thursdays in the spring. The NY Road Runners Foundation has donated the use of Icahn Stadium for our new track club, as well as transportation to meets, an instructor, nutrition education, and uniforms. The children will share the bus Randall's Island is providing. The United States Tennis Association has donated rackets, and the NY Junior Tennis League has donated balls. The school is paying for teacher's salaries for these clubs. The problem is, Randalls Island Kids cannot provide a bus for every time that we are eligible to be there, nor can they send us a second bus so we could use their baseball fields, too. Further, we cannot afford a bus to take us to the nearest track and soccer field on our second club day, Wednesdays. There is no way we can walk there; it's too far. Basically, if we can't get a bus, we can't have the program and take advantage of these organization's generosity. We are asking you to fund a bus for our spring clubs which would need 20 bus rides. If we had a bus we could take 80 children to Randalls Island on Thursdays rather than just 40 children, and we could take 40 children to Thomas Jefferson Park on Wednesdays. If we had a bus, we could have Tennis, Baseball, Track, and Soccer twice weekly. In order to get the children active, and teach them skills so they want to stay active, we really need a bus. If you are able to help fund our bussing, we can really begin to get our children sufficiently active, and in turn, improve their health, the likelihood that they will choose to be active their whole lives, and their readiness to learn. (Children who get sufficient physical activity are better learners.) We hope you will be able to help us.
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