Riding on a mission

BISMARCK, N.D. - A Bismarck man and his three friends often take motorcycle trips for a cause.

Rob Keller most recently went to Alaska and raised more than $4,000 for children at risk in India.

Next week, they're headed to Ecuador to stop at schools and hand out supplies and toys.

This time it's a little different.

They wanted to get a local school involved. Jeannette Myhre Elementary donated money for 100 recorders, the students are even writing letters for the children of Ecuador.

Spreading the love of music is one thing Keller holds closely because his wife is a retired music teacher.

Most people played them in grade school, but out of the country, recorders aren't as available.

"I think it's wonderful that kids are going to get to play music, in a different country that probably doesn't even have music," said Keira Gross, student.

"We just want to spread that, that type of music around the world. They're calling it, Jeannette Myhre is calling it music from the heartland," said Keller.

Aside from recorders, the riders will be taking school supplies, and yo-yo's to more than a thousand children at rural schools.

"We're bringing things that we can pack in our suitcase, that the school needs," said Keller.

Staff at Jeannette Myhre say they think this is a great cause to be a part of.

"Pushed our students out of their box a little bit. We do a lot of fundraising in Bismarck and local foundations. Kind of spreading it out to another country is something brand new for us," said Melissa McCabe, teacher.

Keller says he loves riding but this is way beyond that, he just wants to help people.

They will arrive back in Bismarck on February 16th.

Keller says they will hold an assembly at the school to thank them for their donations and for the cards every student has made.