Masons donate bikes to top readers at Kennedy Elementary

MANISTEE — Inspiration comes in all forms when it comes to incentivising in the learning process.

Manistee Masons No. 228’s Shawn Tomey congratulates students who won a bike in the recent Reading Month giveaway. The local Mason’s Lodge presented six bikes to the school to be raffled off to the top readers during the month.

The Manistee Masons Lodge No. 228 was hoping that the thought of riding new bicycles would inspire students at Kennedy Elementary School to want to read more during reading month in March. They donated six new bikes and helmets to the school to present to the top readers.

“We enjoyed doing it and to encourage reading,” said local Mason Shawn Tomey. “The Masons are pushing for more reading and education to make people better any way we can throughout the community. We thought the bike giveaway would be a good way to do that with the kids.”

All the students who read the required number of books during Reading Month had their names put into individual bags for each grade level to have a chance to drawn out to win a bike and helmet. The six lucky students who took home a bike Friday were Nicolas Clarke, Noah Richards, Chris Wilson, Harlie Onstott, River Blair and Mea Ikens.

Twelve students who were the top readers from each class at Kennedy Elementary were also presented gift certificates from the Happy Owl Book Store. They were Kylee Breitfeld, Natalie Mannon, Samantha Howe, Chase Dahlke, Matthew Nickelson, April Konen, Abby Belt, Lauryn Smith, Madalyn Wayward, Aaron Milliman, Clear Wang and Marlee Alexander.

Elementary assistant principal Kenn Kott said the bike giveaway was the culmination of the Reading Month celebration at Kennedy Elementary.

Top readers from each of the classes at Kennedy Elementary School were presented gift certificates to the Happy Owl Book Store.

“The kids have been reading books all month long and thanks to the Masons with their generous donation of the bikes we are going to make six of the students very happy,” said Kott. “All the kids are excited about the chance to win a bike.

Tomey said the program is something they feel is both helpful and encourages students to read more.

“It’s a really good program and we really enjoy doing it,” said Tomey. “The teachers and students were both enthusiastic and the staff and office people were nothing but helpful the entire time. It was a pleasure to work with Manistee schools and all the local businesses who helped to sponsor it.”

Tomey said those who donated to make the bike donation possible were ABC Construction, Dairy Queen, Fillmore Restaurant, the Ideal Kitchen, The Daily Bake House, Boyer Insurance and Newman Construction.

Mason Frank Irons pointed out that this is just one of the many projects the Masons support in communities.

“We do playground equipment and it isn’t just schools as we give back a lot to the community as we support food banks and so much more all around the state,” said Irons.

avatar

Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

Leave a Reply