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On a cold, wintry day, Richmond Masonic Lodge 57, along with the help of some area merchants, handed out bicycles to a few deserving students at the Sunrise Elementary. The lodge’s Bike 4 Books program awards students for getting more involved in reading. The top boy and girl student from each class who read the most books had their names put in a drawing for bikes on display at the school a few weeks prior to the drawings. “The true goal of the program is to help increase literacy,” Sunrise Principal Heidi Smith said. “The students seem to get excited about it and we have had a lot of them participate.” Lodge member Ron Peterson said area businesses donated the bicycles and help to make the second year of the program a success.  “The businesses that provided the bikes deserve the credit,” he said. “We just organize the giveaway.” This was the second semester that the Bikes 4 Books drawing was held. The first drawing was held in the spring of 2013. This year’s bikes were provided by Empire Gas; Pierson Reality; Richmond News; Calvert’s Tire; Ed Sartain, American Family Insurance; Renfro Veterinary Services; Macey Excavation; Doug and Nina Courtney; Harrison Body Shop; and Ray County Land and Title. This year’s bike winners: Second grade: Cloe Dunwoodie and Caden Barklage; third grade: Mya Wilson and Eugene Thompson; fourth grade: Carson Bowman and Nicholas Anderson; fifth grade: Briston Adams and Natalie Rippy. The winner for the all-school drawing was Zak Walker. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News)

On a cold, wintry day, Richmond Masonic Lodge 57, along with the help of some area merchants, handed out bicycles to a few deserving students at the Sunrise Elementary.
The lodge’s Bike 4 Books program awards students for getting more involved in reading. The top boy and girl student from each class who read the most books had their names put in a drawing for bikes on display at the school a few weeks prior to the drawings.
“The true goal of the program is to help increase literacy,” Sunrise Principal Heidi Smith said. “The students seem to get excited about it and we have had a lot of them participate.”
Lodge member Ron Peterson said area businesses donated the bicycles and help to make the second year of the program a success.
“The businesses that provided the bikes deserve the credit,” he said. “We just organize the giveaway.”
This was the second semester that the Bikes 4 Books drawing was held. The first drawing was held in the spring of 2013.
This year’s bikes were provided by Empire Gas; Pierson Reality; Richmond News; Calvert’s Tire; Ed Sartain, American Family Insurance; Renfro Veterinary Services; Macey Excavation; Doug and Nina Courtney; Harrison Body Shop; and Ray County Land and Title.
This year’s bike winners: Second grade: Cloe Dunwoodie and Caden Barklage; third grade: Mya Wilson and Eugene Thompson; fourth grade: Carson Bowman and Nicholas Anderson; fifth grade: Briston Adams and Natalie Rippy. The winner for the all-school drawing was Zak Walker. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News)

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