HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Elves & More, a nonprofit organization that changes children’s lives one bike at a time, has been awarded a $100,000 grant as the winner of the 2010 Humana Communities Benefit – Houston program, funded by health-benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM).
With the $100,000 grant, Elves & More will expand its bicycle program, delivering 2,000 new bicycles to at-risk children in schools with Rodeo Institute for Teaching Excellence (R.I.T.E.) reading programs, in which teachers have been trained to teach reading skills using specially developed curriculum. By motivating children to reach academic goals in R.I.T.E. reading programs, Elves & More hopes to use bicycles as incentives to help at-risk children improve their reading skills, with the understanding that reading is a key to succeeding. And after receiving bicycles, these children will then have the ability to transport themselves to after-school programs and learn about exercise.
“Reading is the cornerstone to learning in every category of education,” said David Moore, founder and president of Elves & More. “Our aim is to add bicycles as a powerful motivator to students to invest their time, use their talents and strengthen their reading skills as much as possible.”
After naming Elves & More as the 2010 grant winner, Pattie Dale Tye, president of Humana’s Commercial operations in Houston, announced that grant finalists HOPE Clinic and Recipe for Success Foundation will receive donations as well.
“I’m so pleased that, yet again, the Humana Communities Benefit program will be successful in helping a nonprofit serving the Houston community make a significant transformation in a way that was not previously possible,” Tye said. “Connecting children with bicycles as both an educational motivation tool and a means of health and exercise is good for the kids, and Humana could not be more excited to help Elves & More expand their good work into R.I.T.E. reading programs.”
A panel of local judges, comprised of community leaders and business representatives, worked with Humana to select the $100,000 grant winner. Finalists made a formal presentation before the panel of judges.
Each year since 2005, Humana Communities Benefit – Houston has awarded a one-time, $100,000 grant to a different 501(c)(3) organization to benefit the health of the Houston community. Past recipients of the grant include:
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