Ride for the Kids and LMEliason Foundation present gift to Northwest AEA Financial donation will help fund a new hearing booth SIOUX CITY, IOWA (July 6, 2021)—While growing up in the Siouxland area, Logan Eliason received hearing services from the AEA. Logan passed away a few years ago from cancer at the age of 31. To honor his memory, his family formed a foundation to help fund causes throughout the area. The LMEliason Foundation has graciously made three donations in the past to Northwest AEA. This past month, they teamed up with Danny Myers, founder of Ride for the Kids, to make another generous donation of $15,000. The 2021 Ride for the Kids selected LMEliason as the beneficiary of its gift this year, and they gave the funds to Northwest AEA. The 2021 Ride for the Kids took place on June 12 with 160 riders in the Sioux City area. The LMEliason Foundation has been part of four recent contributions totaling $56,000 to the AEA in memory of Logan Eliason. The Ride for the Kids started in 2016 with the goal of helping Siouxland children in need. The first three years, the group selected the Children’s Miracle Network as the beneficiary of over $10,000. The fourth and fifth year, $18,000 in donations were distributed to Gigi's Playhouse. This sixth year, the Ride for the Kids teamed up with LMEliason Family Foundation, and the group raised its largest single event amount of $15,000! Danny Myers, founder of the Ride for the Kids, said, “We are helping kids in our community one mile at a time.” Northwest AEA will apply the Ride for the Kids donation to a new hearing booth in Sioux City when it moves to its new location by the Sioux Gateway Airport projected in the fall of 2022. The booth will provide access to families in the area who need hearing tests for their children; thus, assuring earlier detection of possible hearing loss. ### With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit www.nwaea.org.