The top readers at Hardin-Central Elementary were honored Dec. 20 by Masonic Lodge 57 and area businesses. The Lodge, Hardin-Central Elementary and the businesses teamed up again for the Bikes 4 Books program that honors students who read the most pages.
The program encourages students to get more involved in reading.
The top readers in each class had their names put in a drawing and a bicycle was given to the top boy and the top girl whose names are pulled from a hat. There were four repeat winners from last year, and they were given gift cards provided by Baker-Peterson LLC, Cox Lawn Service and Ron and Piper Peterson.
Repeat winners were Sophie Boda, Blake Lyon, Gracie Boda and Gaven Mace.
Those receiving bicycles during the assembly were Kindergarten, Dillon Oyler and Hannah Finley; First grade, Kalel Bowman and Zoey Polk; Second grade, Kade Musselman and Drew Hawkins; Third grade, Chelsea Gant and Will Krier; Fourth grade, Kaitlyn Hayes. Fifth grade, Hannah Lowery and Trevor Gibson; Sixth grade, Kulica German and Chandler Wheeler.
The winner in the wild card drawing, where every student’s name is put in the hat, was Roger Gross.
Bicycles for the Hardin-Central Bikes 4 Books program were provided by Town and Country Veterinary Service; Community Bank; Ray County Land and Title; Ryan Shane Seeds; Ray Carroll Grain; Richmond News; Tom and Marie King; Deon’s Body Shop; Mike Wright Auto Repair; Bank Midwest; Anytime Fitness; Richmond Farm and Lawn, Gregg Steele; and Ray-Carroll Fuels.

– Russ Green, Richmond News

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