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Riding For Reading & Ali Ohringer Team
Up to Benefit Schools
Burbank, California. Eighth grader Ali Ohringer joined 49 other
young equestrians in the inaugural Riding For Reading Class at
the Riding For Reading Benefit Horse Show (Sept. 4, 2006) at the
Los Angeles Equestrian Center. By competing on behalf of her school,
Colina Middle School, Ohringer earned a grant for her school’s
library. In fact, all 50 riders in the Riding For Reading Class
earned grants for their school’s library. What Ohringer
did not count on was finishing as the reserve champion. In addition
to the library grants for their schools, the riders received prizes
from a host of sponsors, including Ariat and USHJA.
Ohringer was so enthused with her experience that she decided
to participate more actively with Riding For Reading. Her school
holds an annual magazine sale as a fundraiser, and Ohringer saw
a perfect opportunity. By selling magazines, her school benefitted.
However, Ohringer took it a step further. She collected donations
for magazine subscriptions that would go to schools in need. On
behalf of Riding For Reading, Ohringer sold more than 40 magazine
gift subscriptions for targeted schools throughout the Los Angeles
area. “Riding for Reading is a really good cause,”
Ohringer stated. “When our school had its magazine drive,
I decided to do something to help Riding For Reading.” Ohringer
went door to door in her neighborhood and gave people a pamphlet
that explained Riding For Reading’s mission and goals. “I
got gift subscription cards and used those so the schools would
get as many issues of the magazines as possible,” explained
Ohringer proudly. “It took a long time to fill out all the
Riding For Reading’s Board of Directors gave Ohringer a
list of high need schools that ranged from elementary schools
to high schools. Nine different schools and more than 5,000 students
will benefit from Ohringer’s efforts on behalf of Riding
For Reading. The non-profit will notify the schools to look out
for the new magazine subscriptions they only hoped for, but did
not have the funding for. Ohringer enjoyed picking out magazine
subscriptions she knew others kids would enjoy. Some of her choices
included: Wired, Teen Vogue, Natural Health, Car Craft, Young
Rider, Mira!, Time, and Motorcyclist.
The schools receiving the magazine subscriptions are:
Arroyo West Elementary Colina Middle School Echo Horizon School
LA Youth Opportunity Movement Magnolia Park School Newbury Park
Nohl Canyon Elementary Spring View Middle School Vista Fundamental
The students of the schools will enjoy one year subscriptions
to magazines provided by Riding For Reading.
Riding For Reading is a non-profit organization (IRS 501 (c)3)
dedicated to promotion reading, literacy, and education through
equestrian sports and activities. Riding For Reading’s three
main areas are grants to school libraries via competitions for
junior riders of any breed or discipline, book drives at horse
shows, and an essay based college scholarship. For more information
on Riding For Reading, please visit their website at: www.ridingforreading.org
or you can send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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