Five students from each of Hermiston’s five elementary schools pedaled into summer with new bicycles thanks to Hermiston Masonic Lodge #138.
The Bikes for Books program encourages students in third through fifth grades to improve their reading skills. Students receive a chance to win a bike by completing AR Reading Goals.
Winners of the bicycles and their grade level at each school included:
Desert View: Jared Crowther, Abby Goller, Seth Reeve, all third graders, Sydney Slonker-Bowe, fourth grade, and Guadalupe Esparza, fifth grade.
Highland Hills: Sienna Harsteen, third grade; Ashton Chairez and Lorelai Keefauver, both fourth grade; and fifth graders Kenya DeLa Fuente and MaeAnn Stone.
Rocky Heights: Addison McClure, third grade; fourth graders Ruben Fernandez and Jaziel Ramirez; and fifth graders Dayana Ponciano and Claire Anderson.
Sunset: Gabrielle Mendoza, Bryanna Lopez and Addisen Alder, third graders; Johnathan Avila-Munoz, fourth grade; and Veera Patel, fifth grade.
West Park: Alexa Barreto and Fernando Varela Lopez, third graders; Selene Garibaldi, fourth grade; and Cristal Santos and Stephen Hofbauer, fifth graders.
The program creates a high level of motivation for students, said Kristi Smalley, Hermiston School District elementary librarian.