The Mission of ON THE MOVE, INC. is two fold:
First, to promote literacy for children in need from low-income families by providing them with books… and second,
To also promote a healthy lifestyle for these same children by providing them with bikes of their own.
Promoting literacy is of primary importance, but especially to at-risk children, who often become caught in the “summer gap/slide”. Because of their lack of books in the home, their reading level decreases, and they enter the new school year already behind. We hope, that by providing books to these children, the “Summer Reading Gap” or “Summer Slide” will be decreased.
Promoting physical exercise, particularly in the form of riding a bike, allows a child to feel free, have the wind in their face, and be exhilarated as they use their new found independence in an exciting way.
Research shows that economically disadvantaged children who begin reading at pre-kindergarten level have the chance to keep up with their peers when entering school. Starting them to read in Kindergarten is too late.
Additionally, learning at this early age to exercise their bodies (i.e., riding a bike), has a very positive effect on their mind, spirit, and self-esteem.
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Riding bike pre-kindergarten
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On The Move Inc. is always purchasing teacher-requested books and bikes for these children. If you would like to donate either of these, please contact us for info.
On The Move, Inc. is always collecting requests for specific needs... all relating to our mission. If you would like to know more about our Wish List, please let us know by email, text, or give us a call!