Story Riders Project Off to a Fast Start

CSC’s Story Riders Project, headed by Program Manager Marco Sandoval, had a rousing start at Dolores Gonzales Elementary School this past spring semester. Located in the Barelas neighborhood, the school has a student body comprised of predominantly Mexicano and Chicano low-income students. With bicycles provided by the Project, a dozen 4th and 5th graders (9- to 11-year- olds) learned bike safety and bike maintenance before heading out for rides along Albuquerque’s Bosque twice a week. Almost every other week, students met to interview and photograph a local elder, or a biologist, or an artist, to learn more about the culture, history, and environmental resources of the city’s public lands along the Rio Grande. “The thing I like about Story Riders is that I like riding bikes and [I] get to know new people. I like [learning] about rivers and … [local Barelas elder] Martin Torres because he told us all kinds of stories!,” said Jose Encarnacion, a Dolores Gonzales 5 th grader, about his participation in Story Riders.