The Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation sponsors the Masonic Bikes for Books program to encourage students to read. In 2019 alone, approximately 90 Masonic Lodges throughout Maine presented over 3,000 bicycles to children participating in reading programs in local schools and public libraries. Evidence shows that schools participating in the program are witnessing improved reading scores among their students. Books also enlighten, inspire, bring happiness and success, challenge our perspectives and provide comfort at difficult times in our lives.
It’s essential to establish a love for reading early in life. Towards that end, Masons in Maine are happy to bring the Masonic Bikes for Books program to students throughout Maine’s Elementary and Middle schools. The objectives of the program are threefold:
• to increase student reading and comprehension skills
• to recognize positive student achievements
• to provide an attainable goal, with life enhancing results
Students are invited to participate in the program, and each time they read an age appropriate book, their name will go into the drawing; the more they read, the better their chances of earning a bike and safety helmet, which will be presented before the school closes for the summer.
The Charitable Foundation has a Bikes for Books Matching Grant Program where lodges can apply for matching dollars to help support their Bikes for Books efforts. The Foundation will now match $2 for every $1 earned for the first $1,500 raised for a lodge’s Bikes for Books program, providing for up to a maximum match of $3,000. Please read the guidelines for submitting a grant application here. Also note that the Foundation will also contribute up to $10 per helmet requested by the lodge. To apply for a grant, please fill out the application or download the form.
Please complete one application per school.
To support the Masonic Bikes for Books Program, click here to make a donation.