WASHINGTON -- Education costs are soaring while education budgets face severe cutbacks. But school superintendent Gary Maestas is fighting the crisis -- with his bicycle.
Maestas oversees schools in Plymouth, Mass, the site where the Pilgrims landed after setting off to establish a new home in a new world.
Now, he's set off from Washington, D.C., to bike 600 miles to Plymouth, with a hope of raising some $100,000 along the way for his town's public schools.
"We've had kids in the district pledge a penny a mile," Maestas told CBN News just minutes before the ride began. "We've had kids give me bags full of pennies. And we've had people giving us dollars."
Riding along with the 47-year-old Maestas is the 57-year-old CEO of Plymouth's only health provider.
"Gary's the head of the school system, I'm the head of the health system," Peter Holden, president of Jordan Hospital, explained.
Holden and Maestas hope their ride will inspire Plymouth's kids to make healthy choices.
"Get off the couch; get out there and be active," Holden urged. "Make good decisions. Get the best education you can. Stretch for your dreams."
While serving the last 13 years in the Plymouth school district, Maestas still found time to earn his PhD in education from CBN's Regent University.
Afterwards, he put his extra time and energy into training with Holden on 50 to 75-mile daily rides, getting ready for this eight-day, 600-mile odyssey.
Find out more at www.dreamride.us, where you can donate money as well as track Maestas' and Holden's progress as they pedal their way to Plymouth.