Students pedal into reading

Students from Highland Hills Elementary School receive bicycles as part of the Hermiston Masonic Lodge's Bikes for Books program.

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.

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