New Mexican elementary school students in Albuquerque too often are disconnected from their cultural roots. In a formal school setting, few ever learn about the 400-year history of Spanish-Mexicano settlement in New Mexico, including traditional land-based cultural practices, oral history of their elders, traditional music and dance forms.
Similarly, many of these young students have not developed good exercise habits and are in danger of suffering from obesity, high blood pressure and other health risks as adults due to their current lack of formal exercise routines.
Story Riders combines culturally-based education and writing tied to specific bicycle rides that provide the educational and cultural experiences that will give these elementary students a deep dive into their culture while building their physical skills via bicycle rides throughout the mid-Rio Grande region. Story Riders will target 5th grade students from elementary schools in predominantly low-income neighborhoods.