Hello everyone! This Sunday I will be riding in Nashoba Learning Group's annual Bike-a-Thon fundraiser for my 5th consecutive year. I am honored to be riding once again in support of Nashoba Learning Group's mission to enable children and adults with autism to function with the greatest possible productivity and independence in the community, home, and workplace throughout their lives.
In my nearly 6 years at NLG, I have been both witness and contributor to profound development of our students and members and watched as their academic, life, and vocational skills have progressed impressively. It is with a deep sense of humility and purpose that I enjoy taking our students and members to their volunteer or paid job positions, or seeing them work hard in their local communities. It is also quite satisfying to see how dedicated these individuals are to their positions, whether it is volunteer work or paid employment, and how much joy it brings to them to be part of something greater than themselves.
In addition to the great work our students and members have done, it is comforting to see how accepting the local communities are to this population. There are numerous local grocery stores and restaurants who have hired many of our students and members and they rely on our participation just they same as the rest of their workforce. And they are so appreciative to have such dedicated, hardworking individuals that they can count on for every shift.
Aside from the growth and development of our students and members, I have personally grown throughout my time at Nashoba Learning Group. I have formed long-lasting and meaningful relationships with our students and adult members and their families. I have seen first-hand how impactful our work can ve for their families, and have also formed very meaningful relationships with them. I have seen small bits of how much effort it can take to raise a child with autism and how dedicated these families are to their children's success.
Lastly, in my time here. I have formed great friendships with my coworkers and bonded among a common sense of purpose and teamwork. It really does take a full community to do what we do and there is no way we could do it without all of the support we have from family, friends, local business, and our surrounding communities.
Thank you for all of your help over these years and for being part of something truly amazing. I am genuinely grateful to have your support in yet another year of this 50 mile fundraiser bike challenge!