Superintendent shares his dream with Manomet students

Dr. Gary Maestas talks to Manomet Elementary School students about his plan to ride his bike from Washington, D.C. to Plymouth.
When Nicole Manfredi of the Plymouth Education Foundation asked the assembled students of Manomet Elementary School if they loved riding their bikes,everyone raised their hand. When she asked if they had dreams, they raised their hands. They even all raised their hands when she asked if they loved school.
Not as many hands went up when she asked how many knew who Dr. Maestas was.

They quickly found out when he rode into the gym on his bicycle and did a loop around the room.

 
Plymouth Schools Superintendent Gary Maestas came to Manomet Elementary School to promote his “DreamRide,” a bicycle trip he plans to take from Washington, D.C. to Plymouth starting June 6 to raise funds for the Plymouth Education Foundation.
The ride will take seven days, he said. He’ll be accompanied by a team including teachers, students and a nurse. Their stops will include Aberdeen, Md, Philadelphia, Newark, N.J, New York City, Bridgeport and Mystic, Conn., and Boston. The final leg, back to Plymouth, may include a police escort, he said.
Maestas, who described himself as “someone who can’t sit still,” told the assembly that he had dreamed about taking such a ride for a long time, and that doing so now would help the kids of Plymouth achieve their dreams.
“If it’s your dream, you have to do it,” he said.
Among those traveling, though she's not riding a bicycle, with Maestas is Indian Brook Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher Nancy Silva. Keeping with the dream theme, she opened a sack in which she had collected cards the students had written their dreams on. Among their wishes, climbing a tree, being a veterinarian and getting a bone marrow transplant for a friend.
 
She told the assembly that all Plymouth students would be “traveling” with the superintendent and would learn about the places he visited.
Not only will they learn about where he’s been via a GPS, they’ll learn about how he’s doing physically, as they’ll be able to monitor his heart rate and other vital signs.
One student asked if he’ll be able to stop and eat. “I certainly hope so,” Maestas said. He added that when bicycling, he burned about 800 calories an hour and that he had to learn to eat while riding.
The “really cool bike” Maestas is riding, a Specialized Roubaix, was donated by Serious Cycles. The bike, which “costs a ton of money” will be raffled off at the end of the trip. Roubaixs range in price from $2,100 to $8,100 according to the Specialized company web site.
Maestas shows off the bike he'll be riding from D.C. to Plymouth.
One student asked the big question- how did he know he would make it all the way?
“I have a lot of faith,” Maestas replied.

 

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