(Right rear – left to right) Kingman Kmart Assistant Manager Paul Roach proudly stands with Kingman Masonic Lodge No. 22 members and officers Ken Chism, Richard Prather and Buffalo Hayden, along with the children who won bicycles during the lodge’s 11th Annual “Books For Bikes” giveaway.
One student was unable to be at the actual bike giveaway ceremony Saturday, May 20, but did receive his bicycle after the ceremony when he arrived at Kmart. This year, the lodge gave away 14 bikes to children representing six schools that participated in the program.
One boy and one girl from each school won a bicycle, except for Black Mountain School (K-8 Grades) that had two boys and two girls who won bikes. The children read books and presented book reports on them.
Each student received one entry into the drawing for each book they read and another entry if they prepared a book report. At the end of the reading competition, the names of the winners were drawn randomly from the container containing the entries.
According to Books For Bikes Chairman Richard Prather, the Masonic Lodge purchased the bicycles from the Kingman Kmart at a reduced price and the 14 bicycle safety helmets that were also given away were purchased by the Kingman Shrine Club. The Kmart employees took time out of their busy schedules to assemble the bicycles for the Masonic Lodge.