The pen is mightier than the board

Local group of kids plans to put out regular newsletter as fundraising initiative

The Rite to Ride Foundation is launching a new fundraising tool. The ‘Write to Ride’ initiative will have the kids in the program writing their very own newsletter.

For a fee, you can access a regularly-scheduled newsletter featuring short stories, poems, a skateboarding lingo dictionary, profiles of the kids, coaches, sponsors, and more. The fundraiser, and the foundation itself, is the brainchild of Devin Publikover.

Mr. Publikover says this new initiative will allow the kids to hone their writing skills while helping contribute to the organization. The kids are “pretty excited” about the newsletter, he said.

So far, Rite to Ride has been running well, though the founder admits it has been a mountain of work to get to this point for the fledgling foundation.

“I eat, sleep, and dream Rite to Ride. It’s all coming to fruition.”

Rite to Ride is a new not-for-profit launched by Mr. Publikover earlier this year. The goals of the Rite to Ride Foundation are to provide a safe environment for children to participate and excel in snowboarding, skateboarding and community involvement, to give them opportunities to learn skills in leadership, community outreach, and fundraising, to provide assistance to snowboarders and skateboarders in the organization with equipment to aid in skill progression, and to provide children with outstanding teachers, instructors, coaches and friends.

“My goal is not to make the next Olympic level skateboarder or snowboarder. My goal is to make them a well-rounded individual where they can choose whatever path they decide to take, as long as it’s with a smile on their face and general well-being of those around them in hand,” Mr. Publikover said.

Rite to Ride has been focused on a pilot group of children so far, though there is opportunity for other kids to join in at the skatepark. As he explained on the group’s Facebook page recently: “We have been meeting up on Saturdays, and we generally spend half of the time in the skatepark, and half in the community. Any and all are welcome to attend and join @ the skatepark, however only the “Pilot group” can partake in the community aspect, and the main reason being, there is only one coach right now on Saturdays and 8 children out on the streets is a handful, albeit a wonderful handful haha. Once school concludes, our July and August format will be much more abundant!”

Mr. Publikover has plans to open up the program to other kids for a summer camp. The newsletter will be $5 for a digital copy, $10 for a hard copy, with the first newsletter set to launch at the end of June. For more information on the newsletter or the summer programming, head to ‘Rite to Ride’ on Facebook or Instagram.

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