By Sebastian Moraga
The girl at Snoqualmie Elementary School saw the bicycles arrive at her school and jumped with excitement.
The two bicycles had arrived. Neither was for her, but it did not matter.
The scene repeated itself at Cascade View Elementary School, when the girl at the library looked at the two bicycles and confessed, “I want that black one.”
The girls in question left fifth grade behind a few years back — one was Michelle Pearlstein, secretary at Snoqualmie Elementary and the other was Susan Head, librarian at Cascade View.
“I love this,” said freemason Mark Goodwin, who delivered half of the bicycles purchased by the North Bend Unity Freemasons Lodge. “I absolutely love doing this.”
The lodge raises the money from members and from donations to a Bikes For Books account at Sterling Savings in North Bend, and buys the bicycles from Single Track in North Bend. They donate two bikes to each elementary school in North Bend and Snoqualmie. Schools use the bicycles as incentive for children to read.
Goodwin delivered the bikes to the Snoqualmie schools. Two other Masons made the trip to the North Bend schools.
“This gives every kid a chance,” said Mason Jonathan Seaton.
At Cascade View, students have to read 20 minutes for 20 days per month. The two students who read the most get the bikes.