"It's been crazy," Stewart said of the bike ride. "I have been, from day one, blessed. There is no denying that God has been watching over me on this trip."
The bike -- the first one Stewart has owned since middle school -- held up with little to no maintenance, he said.
Stewart biked through Georgia and Tennessee as Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. There, wind gusts "stopped me dead in my tracks," he said. "It was miserable."
Before the trip, Stewart said he was beginning to lose hope in people because of the bureaucracy he dealt with in the education system.
"This [trip] has given me hope in people again," he said, adding that complete strangers have taken him into their homes. "It's given me hope that there are still people that care."
The Sound Off program is free to any elementary school that can get 50 people to "like" the Integrity Challenge Facebook page before Dec. 15. When people "like" the page, they're asked to comment and say which school they want to support.
Stewart's team is in the process of developing their next Web-based program.
They're using crowd sourcing website Kickstarter.com to fund the program. The next program will be given away free to every elementary school in the one state that raises the most money to actually develop the program, provided that the program's developers are able to raise at least $500,000, Stewart said.
For more information, see www.integritychallenge.com or find Integrity Challenge on Facebook.
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.