Bikers can journey for a good cause Oct. 16 with a motorcycle ride through the hills of north Georgia that will benefit the L.R. Tippens Education Center in Holly Springs.

The Tippens Education Center specializes in serving dozens of students weekly from elementary through high school ages who face challenges, including learning and/or behavioral disorders.

The Oct. 16 motorcycle ride will begin at 11 a.m. at Rocco’s Pub in Jasper, which is sponsoring the event.

The route will run in a circle around Highway 515, south on Highway 108 into Waleska, then taking Highway 140 and Highway 411 back to Rocco’s Pub.

The entry is $30 per bike, which includes a passenger. All funds will benefit the Education Center’s initiatives to serve its students.

“We try to accommodate all that kids need,” said Pansy Carter, a paraprofessional at the school. “Whether a child needs a coat, or whatever they need, we will try to accommodate it. We also plan a field day and extra things for them to do so we can make them feel like they are in a typical school setting like other kids. We try to offer them as much positive as we can.”

In addition to the motorcycle ride, a live auction, 50/50 raffle, live music, face painting, cornhole and free other activities will also take place. Carter said auction prizes include a haircare gift basket and gift certificate from Studio 5 Salon in Canton and apparel from Roswell’s Killer Creek Harley Davidson. She said the event is also seeking additional prizes to be donated for the raffle.

“We would love to accept other donations as well, the more the better,” Carter said.

While there is no set fundraising target for the event, Carter said, all assistance is welcome.

“We don’t have a particular goal, we are just appreciative of anything we can receive, and the kids will benefit from it,” she said.

The funds will help the education center continue to assist its students, who have varying levels of need.

“Some students have emotional behavioral disorders, and some have an underlying dual-diagnosis as well, whether its autism and a second diagnosis as well,” Carter said. “Probably half our kids are non-verbal, so it’s up to us as staff to fulfill their needs, as well as educate them for when they get older to do life skills. Some kids have had traumatic experiences, things we would never even think of doing, whether it’s abuse, or some are born with these disabilities. It’s just really heartbreaking. But it’s also very rewarding because you get so attached to them, and they become a part of you. The circumstances are beyond their control, and we try to the best we can by them. There are amazing challenges they go through, and they still try their best.”

Those interested in the event can call Carter at 470-680-9722.

Registration is the day of the event and will begin at 10 a.m. at Rocco’s Pub.

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