Ten students each received a brand-new bicycle and helmet on Friday through the “Bikes for Books” program.

Since 2006, the Hermiston Masonic Lodge has partnered with one Hermiston school per year to provide new bikes and helmets to students through the program. Bikes for Books rotates though the five Hermiston Elementary Schools, and this year is the second time the program has been directed to West Park Elementary.

“This is a fun opportunity for our kids to celebrate reading,” Principal Shane Pratt said. “We know learning isn’t just in the classroom. It’s in the community and it’s at home. This is a great way for us to partner with the community, and this is one way the Masonic Lodge, a community organization, really helps us.”

Friday, members of the Masonic Lodge presented 10 students — two in each grade level — with a bicycle, and this year, Good Shepherd Medical Center stepped on board to donate the helmets and provide students with safety packets, including reflective stickers, coloring books and safety guidelines.

The prizes were given as part of a raffle. Students earned tickets for every Accelerated Reader — AR — test they completed successfully. AR tests quiz students on knowledge of a book they have read. To earn a ticket, students must achieve at least an 80 percent.

“The reading levels in the Hermiston School District have gone up, and that’s a good sign,” Lodge past master Bill Mallory said. “This is just a really good program.”


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