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Changing the World One Pedal at a Time is a project that is organizing a 1700-mile bike ride from Fayette, IA to Bridgeport, CT, which will take place during the summer of 2013 in order to raise awareness and money for Partners in Development (PID), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that operates in Haiti and Guatemala, and Teach for America (TFA), an organization that works to ensure that kids growing up in poverty can receive an excellent education.
The organization of the project is the foundation for a mentoring program established between interested Upper Iowa University (UIU) students and Warren Harding High School students, a school where many TFA teachers are placed. UIU students will guide Harding students in researching and writing about Haiti, work together to design t-shirts and a project web page, conduct fundraising, fine-tune the bike route, find hosts for sleeping arrangements, and contact the press and set up meetings along the route for informational lectures about PID and TFA. Besides the obvious educational experience, it is expected that the mentoring relationship will result in an increased awareness of local and global poverty issues and the resulting educational gap, an increased desire for community service, and the desire for Warren Harding students to pursue degrees in higher education.