LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Natalie Teboul, who teaches sixth grade math and science in the South Bronx, recently told a friend how, at the ripe age of 24, she was going through a "quarter-life-crisis."
Her solution? To bike more than 900 miles across the country to raise money and awareness for the affordable housing crisis, a subject near and dear to her heart.
"I teach in the one of the highest need areas in the country," said the Larchmont resident, a Mamaroneck High School and Binghamton grad. "And it's only 20 minutes away from us in Westchester! I am doing this for my students, many of which live in shelters, foster care or even on the streets."
Adds Teboul: "If my students lived in stable environments, I believe they would have a much better chance to grow up as happy and successful adults. Constantly moving from home to home and switching schools, or growing up in a shelter with many people can really affect a child's development. This is why I want to raise money and awareness for the affordable housing cause. It honestly breaks my heart to see how some of them live."
So far, she has raised close to $3,000, and she's still going. Her goal was $2,500. "I was nervous about fundraising the money, but I have gotten so much support from former middle school and high school teachers," she said. "Even kids from high school I haven't spoken to in years... as well as some people I don't know! It's been really great how everyone is enthusiastic and looking out for me."
Teboul, who saids she was inspired, in part, by her father who is an avid biker, chose the Bike & Build program because of its commitment to stop in communities along the route where she and others will meet with local residents, give presentations about housing issues and build affordable homes with local housing groups.
Go to http://classic.bikeandbuild.org/rider/8562 for more information.
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