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.
Lodges have the ability to raise funds and support as many schools and the Foundation will match $2.00 for every $1.00 the Lodge is spending with a maximum per for all schools of $3,000 in matching funds.
During each fiscal year (which runs from April 1st to March 31st), each Lodge is eligible for $7,000 in matching grants – that is $7,000 to be used across the five matching grant categories with a maximum per category of $3,000).
Lodges can spread monies over multiple schools (i.e., $700 for School A and $800 for School B) or a Lodge can chose to run one Bikes for Books program for one big school for up to $1,500 and the Foundation will match it with $3,000 for a total of $4,500 for that school’s Bikes for Books program.
Also note that the Foundation will also contribute up to $10 per helmet requested by the lodge. Lodge members can apply for a grant by completing an online application (and submit immediately with the click of a button) or download a fillable pdf application (and send via email) or download a word doc application (and email, fax or mail).
Please complete one application per school.
To support the Masonic Bikes for Books Program, click here to make a donation.