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Riders rev their engines for students

September 23, 2011

Photo courtesy Jill Shurtleff

Motor cyclists ride from Chariho High School at last year's fundraiser. This year's motor cycle run takes place Sept. 25.

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - In an effort to raise money for Chariho Career & Tech. students competing in the national Skills USA competition in Kansas City, Mo., there will be a fundraising motorcycle run leaving from the Chariho High School campus at 11 a.m., on Sept. 25.

The run will take riders through 60 miles of Rhode Island and Connecticut back-roads and will end at the Mews Tavern on Main Street in Wakefield.

According to Jill Shurtleff, co-adviser of Chariho Skills USA and teacher of cosmetology, Chariho Career and Tech. sends an average of five to seven students to national competition in there chosen fields each year. The cost to send one student is $1,100. The funds raised by the motorcycle run will help pay for the students so they can hone their skills in fields such as carpentry, architectural drafting, cosmetology, nursing, automotive technology and marine technology, among others.

“The run usually raises $2,000 - $2,500,” said Shurtleff. “We hope to raise the same, but realize in these economic times that people have to limit how much they give to charities. We would like to emphasize how helping these high school students achieve this goal helps them in the workforce as they are working directly within their fields and have to master a skill to be able to represent the state of Rhode Island.”

Shurtleff, who is co-adviser of the program alongside culinary arts teacher Linda Musch, said that the run averages 75-150 riders each year, and that the registration fee is $20.

While there is no official opening ceremony, coffee and muffins will be served at the school at 9 a.m. The registration period will last until approximately 10:45 a.m., when the route will be reviewed so all the riders know their way. The run will take off from campus at 11 a.m.

“The majority of riders are local business people and riders from the community,” Shurtleff said. “A few teachers also participate.”

For more information, pick up a copy of the Chariho Times.

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