Bozeman News

Apr 6, 2013 10:08 PM by MTN News - Bozeman

MT students bike to raise money for fire-damaged school

BOZEMAN - It's been nearly eight months since fire tore through Heritage Christian School, and this weekend parents and students got together for a healthy activity to raise money to help rebuild.

More than 100 riders of all ages pedaled four miles for the school's bike-a-thon on Saturday morning.

"We're having from kindergarten to eighth grade ride four miles from our current campus to our temporary campus today, and they've raised money to help with the construction," parent and soccer coach Mark Terwilliger said.

Bozeman police officers provided traffic control as the students and their parents wound their way from Durston Road to the temporary school on Discovery Drive, taking a break about half-way along the route.

The school's gym was severely damaged by arson in August, and while most of the costs to rebuild are covered by insurance, the school is still seeing about a $200,000 shortfall.

The bike-a-thon is part of the school's larger rebuild-a-thon efforts. The rebuild-a-thon also includes a phone-a-thon and a performance of Beauty and the Beast on April 18 and 19.

The blaze caused extensive damage, forcing the school to hold classes in a temporary campus. Most recently, crews were working to demolish the gymnasium as construction crews prepare to rebuild the gym.

The new gym is slated to be completed this summer with classes beginning on Aug. 25.

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