Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 10, 2018
Turning reading into biking at PCS
Masons award "Bikes for Books"
The winners of brand new bikes are, from left, Jetta Shook, Cole Austin, Chloe Judkins and Oryan Atwood and Masons celebrate with a photo. Not pictured are bike winners Adrianna Basile and Aiden Poitras.
by Monique Labbe
Members of the Masonic Rising Star Lodge #4 have been turning book reading into an opportunity to win new bicycles for students at Penobscot Community School for the last three years. The group awarded six more bikes to three boys and three girls again on May 4.
The 12-week program allows students to cash in their book reading for raffle tickets. For each book they finish, one ticket is put into a jar for drawing at the conclusion of the program.
For Eric Reed of the Penobscot Masonic lodge, the program not only fosters reading, it also lets the students know that the Masons are a part of their community.
“It’s a great way to show the kids that we’re around for community service,” he said.
The lodge budgets for the program in Penobscot and at the Adams School in Castine every year. Reed said that lodges across Maine also take part in the program annually.
“We give out six bikes here, but we would like to do even more,” he said.
The winners at the school this year were Aiden Poitras and Adrianna Basile in the pre-K to second grade age group, Jetta Shook and Cole Austin in the grades 3-5 group, and Oryan Atwood and Chloe Judkins in the grades 6-8 group.