Moped to Memphis was established in 2008 as a class project to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In 2008-2009, Mr. Falls began teaching seniors. He felt like Seniors should be involved in some sort of community service project. They listed 5 or 6 charities on the board to vote on. Every student in every class voted for St. Jude. For the 2008-2009 school year, He promised to let his beard grow as long as the kids were raising money. They raised money that year by having 2 coin drive pizza contests during the school year and asking for donations. The 2008-2009 school year we raised $3200.
The 2009-2010 school year was the year of the first ride. That year Mr. Falls challenged the students to raise $6220, $10 for every mile between here and Memphis. If the students raised $6220 he would ride the money to Memphis on a Moped. The problem was I had no Moped/Scooter. He began to look for scooters on Craigslist, the internet, and even called a few scooter places near Clover. Most of the scooters I found would not have made it to Bethany much less Memphis. That is where Carolina Fun Machines came in. He called Tim Juntgen at Carolina Fun Machines, and he told me to come up to Matthews and talk to him. Mr. Falls then went to Carolina Fun Machines on a Saturday and talked to Tim. From that day in 2009, Caroilna Fun Machines has been our flagship sponsor for the ride and has donated every scooter that has made the trip to Memphis. The 2009-2010 school year we raised money by selling T-Shirts, Stickers, having class pizza contests, setting up booths at local events, getting sponsors for our shirts, and raffling off the scooter we rode to Memphis. In 2009-2010, we raised $13000.
The 2010-2011 school year was a big year for Moped to Memphis with the addition of our annual Womanless Beauty Pageant. Each year the goal is to exceed the previous year’s donation total. Principal Mark Hopkins pledged to make the ride that year if we exceeded $25,000. That year with the help of the Womanless Pageant, we raised $30,000. We continued to sell T-Shirts, Stickers, have class pizza contests, set up booths at local events, get sponsors for our shirts, and raffling off the scooter we rode to Memphis.