(Photo By Butch Meriwether)
Kingman Kmart Manager Raimi Hamlet (left) and Kingman Kmart Assistant Manager Paul Roach (second from the right) proudly stands with Kingman Masonic Lodge No. 22 members and officers Buffalo Hayden, Gene Moore and Richard Prather, along with the children who won bicycles during the lodge’s 10th Annual “Books For Bikes” giveaway.
Two of the 16 children were unable to be at the bike giveaway Friday, May 21, 2016, and will receive their bicycles at a later date. This year, the lodge gave away 16 bikes to children representing seven 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 16 bicycle 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.