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Bike riders delivers books to Vegas school children

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A section of Tropicana Avenue, east of the Las Vegas Strip, was closed Thursday for a bicycle riding event aimed at raising up literacy.

The Ride for Reading campaign takes donated books, ride them over to a local elementary school and distribute them to students.

Organizers said students at Jack Dailey Elementary School benefited from the donations on Thursday.

"More than 650 students will go home with three books each," said Mathew Portell, fourth grade teacher, avid bicyclist and Ride for Reading founder. "All we ask is that they pledge to keep a healthy body, a strong mind and never throw the books away. They have to give the books away when they're done with them."

In the ride, which is in its third year, more than 100 bicyclist delivered 3,000 books donated by organization Better World Books.

"Our hope is that these 3,000 books will spark curiosity and a love for reading," said Better World Books Chief Literacy Officer John Ujda. "We're so pleased to be a part of this event because Ride for Reading is just as passionate about promoting literacy as we are."

Organizers said cyclists rode from a Las Vegas Metro police substation on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip and up to Tropicana Avenue.

For more information on the organizations, you can visit rideforreading.org or betterworldbooks.com.

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