North Royalton City Schools News Article

North Royalton Educational Foundation, on behalf of North Royalton City Schools, receives a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist®

North Royalton City Schools wins $25,000 grants to purchase adaptive bikes for children of community

State Farm is proud to announce the Top 40 causes that received the most votes in the Neighborhood Assist campaign. Each will receive a $25,000 grant to improve their community. In just 10 days, 119,000 people cast 3.1 million votes in support of their favorite cause. As a result, 40 communities, in 24 states, including Ohio, will be getting an assist from State Farm.

The North Royalton Educational Foundation, on behalf of North Royalton City Schools, landed in the Top 40 and will use the $25,000 grant to purchase adaptive bicycles for teachers and therapists to use with children with disabilities in the North Royalton City School District. “These adaptive bicycles can be very expensive; there has been a need for several years and many requests for availability,” said North Royalton School Board Member Dr. John Kelly. “I am very proud of the effort of our entire community from start to finish to accomplish this goal.”

“State Farm is here to help life go right in neighborhoods all across the country. We look forward to seeing the changes in our community because of this Neighborhood Assist grant,” said Larry Vasil, State Farm Agent in Parma.
A formal check presentation/celebration will take place on Monday, October 9 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at North Royalton High School. 

At least one submission was received from each of the 50 states. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists from 2,000 submissions. In the six years of the program, 240 causes have received a total of $6 million to enact change in their communities.

Click here to read more about the North Royalton Educational Foundation's Gears for Grins grant or read below:

Gears for Grins
The mission is to purchase adaptive bicycles for special needs children for use in our city and neighboring cities.

Currently, there is a great need within our school community for adaptive bicycles. Our district has none available to it now and the only families that do own them personally. The bicycles address a range of needs from balance to coordination to support for students with special needs. A number of styles would be used to give youngsters a chance to enjoy the cycling experience.

We have never been able to meet the requests of our families with children who could benefit from having a bicycle, and the tightness of our budget makes it difficult for this type of expenditure. With this acquisition, not only could bicycles be available to our teachers and therapists, but we could also make them available to families for personal and recreational use. Bicycles can be very expensive, and most families cannot afford the extra expense given the costs of day-to-day living with a special- needs child.

The impact of this program extends far beyond our city's kids and far beyond this year. These cycles will be kept and maintained so that they are available for use for kiddos for many years to come. The joys of family time and riding together in the Cleveland Metroparks can create lasting family memories. Many times, it seems like there is very little for our families to smile about, and this would provide ear-to-ear grins for many, many years.

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