Two students at Trout Lake School were awarded bikes as part of the White Salmon Masonic Lodge’s 2015 “Bikes for Books” program. Dasher Evans and Nia Burtchaell-Norman took home shiny two-wheelers as a celebration of their excellence in reading.
The “Bikes for Books” program, incorporated by teachers Wendy Baker and Erica Miller, gives out bikes to student readers through a raffle. Students qualified by reading a “threshold” number of books. As an inducement, the bikes were displayed at the school. After acknowledging all participating students, the winning readers were then selected to the applause of their fellow students.
The nationwide Masonic “Bike for Books” program supports local elementary school reading programs by awarding bicycles, helmets and locks to students who have demonstrated reading proficiency according to their school’s standards.
The local program was supported by Hood River Walmart providing a discount on the bicycles and by Providence Hospital Hood River providing bicycle helmets as part of its youth “free bicycle helmet” program.
For information on the Masonic Bikes for Books program, contact Ole Helgerson of Masonic Lodge #163 at 509-427-4455. For free bicycle helmets, contact Jane Burke, Providence Hood River Hospital 541-386-3911.