News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 3, 2021
Penobscot students learn to ride
Books-to-bikes raffle encourages reading

Bike rodeo

Penobscot elementary students and members of the Penobscot Masons Rising Star Lodge Number 4 pose with their new bikes at the bikes-for-books raffle on Friday, May 28.

Photo courtesy of Jay Corbin

by Eli Forman

It was a big day for cycling at Penobscot Community School on Friday, May 28, as students participated in the annual bike rodeo and the bikes-for-books raffle.

Penobscot PE teacher Katrina Dagan facilitated the rodeo, which included lessons on bike safety and rules of the road. Students got a chance to practice their skills at the end of the rodeo, which culminated in a quick ride down the street to Northern Bay Market and surprise Popsicles for the fifth through eighth graders, and a simulated road course behind the school for the kindergarten through fourth graders.

Seven students, one from each grade level, also won their very own new bike during the bikes-for-books raffle sponsored by the Masons of Penobscot Rising Star Lodge Number 4. The Masons donate new bikes every year to the program, which encourages students to fulfill their reading goals.

“The students have been reading for two months to win tickets,” said second grade teacher Ann Martin. Students get tickets for completing their assigned reading and can win additional tickets if they read more, explained Martin.

With the bikes all raffled and excited students admiring each other’s new rides, Martin led the school in an expression of gratitude.

“Boys and girls, what do we say to the Masons?” she asked, and a chorus of little voices answered “Thank you” in unison.