140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Oregon Masons reward reading with bike giveaway


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Masons, standing from left, William Hoffnagle, Troy Fischer and Glenn Dohman, present bicycles to students at Sam Boardman Elementary School as part of the Bikes for Books program.

A handful of students at Sam Boardman Elementary School in Boardman recently pedaled away on new bikes.
Five students received the bicycles as part of the Masons Tuscan Lodge #136 AF&AM’s Bikes for Books program. Those receiving bikes were Fischer Livingston, kindergarten; Brayan Lemus-Carrillo, first grade; Melanie Calvillo, second grade; Jasmine Navarro Lemus, third grade; and Quinton Grimes, second grade. Grimes read the most books with 138 titles. The second grader is reading at a fourth grade level.
Masons William Hoffnagle, Troy Fischer and Glenn Dohman presented the bikes during a May 28 assembly at the school. In addition, they distributed Wal-Mart cards to each of the classes. The students read more than 14,500 books, Fischer said.
“We thought this was so great,” Fischer said. “They really worked hard and we wish we could give everyone a bike.”
The lodge has held fundraisers and received grants for the program. For more information, contact Fischer at troyfischer@msn.com.
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