2017-03-10 / Community

Wells students benefit from 'Bikes for Books'

WELLS — Once again, the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine and the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation is featuring its popular “Bikes for Books” literacy program to encourage more reading among elementary school students.

For the second year, Ocean Lodge No. 142 is bringing the program to Wells Elementary School and will give away 50 bicycles along with helmets and T-shirts to a boy and girl from each of the school’s first through fourth grade classrooms.

Over a three-month period, students will read school approved books that interest them. Each book read will allow a student to enter a drawing for a bicycle. The more books read, the greater the chance of winning a bike when names are drawn in each classroom at the end of the program in early June.

Last year, more than 2,000 books were read by first- and second-grade students at Wells Elementary School and 18 students received a bike in time for summer.

The Wells Elementary program is being coordinated with Ocean Lodge by Literary Specialist Bonnie Esty who is also an advisor with Trendsetters, a program of the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation.

According to a Bikes for Books brochure, the program is a statewide initiative “to foster literacy programs in schools and encourage healthy exercise.”

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