2022 | 2nd Annual
Ann m. francke memorial ride

benefiting Friends of Dartmouth Cancer Center

Wednesday, May 25
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Preschool - Grade 1

Rain Cloud

Rain date: Friday, May 27

Thursday, May 26
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grades 2-12

Urban Biking

2022 fundraising Goal:

Last year, we raised $4,284.90 to support cancer research and patient and family supportive services. This year, we're setting a goal of $4,500! Can we beat last year's amount?!

Sponsor your student by making a donation in their name on our Friends of Dartmouth Cancer Center page! You may elect to donate a flat amount or pledge an amount per lap your student completes. We invite you to share with friends and family who would also like to sponsor your student!


No student may participate in the Memorial Ride without a signed participation waiver submitted by Monday, May 23.

in loving memory of
Ann M. Francke

June 19, 1961 - June 17, 2020


Wear blue during the Memorial Ride, in honor of Ann and her favorite color!

Formerly known as the Rollathon, our annual Memorial Ride is one of our longest running service learning project traditions at 2nd Nature Academy. Each year, we have raised donation funds via student sponsorship for the Dartmouth Cancer Center (formerly known as the Norris Cotton Cancer Center). However, last year, our event took on a new focus by celebrating the life of our former Director of Operations, Ann M. Francke, who passed away on June 17, 2020 after a brief and difficult battle with brain cancer. For those who did not know her, Ann is our cherished friend, family member, and 2nd Nature Academy educator.

Over the course of her career, Ann touched the lives of innumerable children and the mark she left on our community is indelible. Ann was not simply a fixture on campus; she was 2nd Nature Academy’s backbone for 20 years. We remember Ann through her love of hockey, hot air ballooning, and rising before the sun. When we visit lighthouses on the beach, enjoy a cold beer by the grill, or think of unicorns, it is Ann who springs to mind.


The legacy Ann leaves behind at 2nd Nature Academy lives on in her loved ones (we count her niece and daughter-in-law among our staff, and her two grandchildren attend school here), as well as the impact she had on the lives of so many children. We invite the many students who knew Ann to hold her in their hearts as they participate in the annual Memorial Ride.

We ride to honor Ann's memory.

  • Participation Guidelines

    • Walking, running, bicycles, and tricycles are all allowed.

    • To ride a bike or trike, a student must wear a properly fitted helmet.

    • NO scooters, skateboards, roller skates/rollerblades or other unapproved items permitted.

    • Label all bikes, trikes, and helmets clearly. Drop them off at your class's labeled area on the emergency access driveway to the left of the early childhood building.

  • What to Wear/Bring

    • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, including closed-toe, well-fitted shoes.

    • We invite all students to wear blue (Ann's favorite color).

    • Come to school with bug spray and sun screen applied and with a refillable water bottle.

  • On the Morning​(s) of...

    • Arrive to school on time (Pre-Elementary students must be in class by 8:45 am)

    • Be prepared for the driveway to be closed to traffic to ensure student safety. Any individual who arrives during the event will have to park by the barn and walk to campus.