Bikes for Books to boost kids’ interest in reading

Once again, the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine and the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation will sponsor a Bikes for Books literacy program to give bicycles to young readers as part of literacy efforts.

Ocean Lodge No. 142 is bringing the program to Wells Elementary and will give 50 bicycles along with helmets and T-shirts to a boy and girl from each of the school’s first- through fourth-grade classes.

Over a three-month period, students will read school-approved books that interest them. Each book finished will allow a student to enter a drawing for a bicycle.

Names will be drawn in each classroom at the end of the program in early June.

Last year, over 2,000 books were read by first- and second-grade Wells children and 18 students received bikes.


Foundation gives $10,000 to Good Shepherd program

The People’s United Community Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which sources and distributes nutritious food to low-income individuals and families in Maine.

The funding will support the Food Mobile Hunger Relief program in the Auburn-Lewiston and Bangor regions.

Food Mobile delivers food directly to those in need and supplements other food distribution by Good Shepherd to meet periodic demands beyond the capacities of area pantries.