Mt. Scott-Arleta ‘bike fair’ also distributes kids’ school supplies

See how this outer East Portland housing organization helped local kids get off to a good start, this school year …

In the courtyard of “72Foster”, a Bike Fair and a Start School Right school supplies giveaway are underway.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

At the apartment complex called “72Foster”, across the street from the “Portland Mercado”, a second annual “Bike Fair” was taking place on Thursday afternoon, August 24.

This fair, put on by REACH Community Development Corporation (REACH), included partnership with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and the Community Cycling Center.

Inside the building’s lobby are Alyssa Adams and Violet Orell of the Providence Health BOB Team (“Better Outcomes through Bridges”).

“Today is a ‘Resident Appreciation Day’ – suggested by a resident – which has  blossomed into a Bike Fair,” Peg Wolfert, REACH Resident Services Coordinator at 72Foster, told East Portland News.

“A part of this is our Start School Right school supplies giveaway, that includes a brand new backpack that the kids pick out for themselves,” Wolfert pointed out.

Offering a bike helmet to a youngster is Debbie Goforth, a PBOT Volunteer Ambassador.

“And, we are doing a ‘Resource Fair’ inside our building’s lobby, so all of our residents can get in contact with as many helpful services as possible — all in one place, all at one time.

“Events like this are important for Reach CDC, because our mission is ‘To create quality, affordable housing, and opportunities for individuals, families and communities to thrive.’

“Part of having a home is knowing your neighbors, knowing your community, and feeling a part of something,” Wolfert explained.

REACH Portfolio Manager Tessie McQueen gives slices of pizza.

In the courtyard, volunteers were fitting bike helmets donated by “Trauma Nurses Talk Tough”; and teaching bike safety to kids. Everyone enjoyed the free food – which included slices of Papa John’s pizza, hot dogs, soft drinks, and cookies.

It was a great afternoon for the residents of 72Foster.

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