"Bikes for Books" gives boost to reading, bicycle safety
“You’re not just lucky—you did a lot of reading,” Brooksville Elementary School principal Corinne Pert, at left in picture on left, told bike winners Mike Smith and Emma Weed. The bikes came from the Blue Hill Masons of Ira Berry Lodge #128, who awarded six Blue Hill Consolidated School and two Brooksville Elementary School students brand-new, 15-speed mountain bikes on May 25—but all students participating in “Bikes for Books” got a lesson in bicycle safety. “Remember your ABCs,” said John Sommo of the Bike Coalition of Maine: Air in your tires, Brakes, Chain—all should be checked before hopping on, along with the quick-release tabs of wheels and seats. Over 150 students in grades three through eight “exceeded our wildest expectations in number of readers and books read,” said Mason Loren Brown. For every book read, students filled out an entry form, increasing their chances of being one of the randomly picked winning entries. This is the second year Lodge #128 has sponsored “Bikes for Books:” last year, 65 BHCS students read 1,105 books. This year, Brooksville joined the program.