CYCLE:

Changing Young Children’s Lives through Education

CYCLE is a children’s charity that rewards students with new bicycles for achieving better academic performance in the classroom. For an informational PDF, click here.

Only 37% of HISD third-graders hit Texas reading standards in 2013. Statistics like this are not uncommon throughout Greater Houston, but we are working hard to change these figures one bike at a time. With our bicycle programs, we encourage children to be active physically and mentally, empowering them to improve their literacy and possibly break the cycle of poverty.

MISSION
We are a children’s charity dedicated to improving literacy in Grades K – 3 in Title One schools in the Greater Houston area. We give young students the opportunity to earn a bicycle for achieving their set goals, and in return, they learn that hard work equals reward. We believe that learning this lesson can put schoolchildren on the path to a brighter future.

VISION
Every student in the Greater Houston area will achieve grade-level reading or above by the end of 3rd grade, putting them on the path to success and empowering them to reach their full potential in school and life.

THE FACTS
Children who reach fourth grade without being able to read proficiently are more likely to drop out of high school, reducing their earning potential and chances for success. – The Annie E. Casey Foundation

72% of Texas students in 4th grade have a below proficient reading level. – Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy

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