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Rick Perdue isn’t the type of person who likes to sit idle and watch from the sidelines.  When he saw how hard his wife, Jodi, UPPA Spring Market co-chair was working to raise money for their children’s school, he decided to take his favorite hobby and turn it into an opportunity.

“She’s really working her butt off on this thing,” Rick said of Jodi. “Spring Market has always been a mom-centric type of event — dads usually just sit down and complain about all the time it takes — and I thought this would be a great way to get the dads involved.”

Saturday, March 9th, Perdue organized a group bike ride of nearly 25 people.   The group gathered for a sendoff at UP Elementary and headed out to White Rock Lake for a moderately paced, 20-mile bike ride. 

Perdue raised over $5,000 to be combined with funds raised by the UPPA Spring Market.  All proceeds will be used towards teacher salaries, technology upgrades, district-wide programs and campus improvements for University Park Elementary School.

Bicycles Plus sponsored the event and was on hand to provide last minute service on the riders bikes.  Participants received, in Rick’s words an “incredibly cool bike jersey.” 

These jerseys are still available and can be purchased by emailing Perdue at rickperdue@hotmail.com

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About the University Park Preschool Association

The University Park Preschool Association or UPPA, with 210 members, is a networking group for families who live in the University Park Elementary school district and have children who will eventually attend University Park Elementary School.  For both parents and children, the group provides social and educational activities throughout the neighborhood.

UPPA, a subsidiary organization of the University Park Elementary PTA, seeks to educate parents on the growth and development of children and to promote socialization among parents of preschoolers within the UP Elementary school district via monthly meetings, playgroups, children’s parties, social functions and fundraising events that benefit UP Elementary school.

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