Asheville dad plans to ride Lewis and Clark Trail to raise money for public education

From the press release:

ASHEVILLE—The Lewis and Clark Trail spans 4,600 miles, four time zones, and 21 states. In September, 2012, an Asheville man will bike ride the portion of it starting in Pierre, South Dakota to Portland, Oregon to raise money for the Asheville City Schools Foundation and raise awareness of public education.

“My daughters attend Asheville City Schools. I want this ride to be about a father’s pride and appreciation for his daughters past, present, and future accomplishments, and the role the Asheville City Schools has played in that,” says Marshall Siler.

A professional who works with schools to develop capacity to work with students with disabilities, Siler feels strongly about public schools and passionate about the mission of the Asheville City Schools Foundation’s work in providing afterschool programming kids, arts education, professional development for teachers, and grassroots education reform.

“My goal is to raise $20,000 that will all go directly to Asheville City Schools Foundation to help them continue to empower teachers, students, and families through innovative teaching methods, while helping to offset the significant budget cuts that all educators are facing throughout the country.”
“Individuals like Mr. Siler, who are willing to do amazing things to bring attention to the importance of preserving and funding our public schools are essential. We need everyone who has received a quality education for themselves or their children to pay it forward to the next generation,” say Leah Ferguson, co-director of the Asheville City Schools Foundation.

The Asheville City Schools Foundation is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the educational success of all Asheville City Schools students. For more information on the Asheville City Schools Foundation, visit

Individuals who are interested in donating to support Siler’s ride can find out more online at


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