Indian Township

Geri Reynolds



Books for Bikes was the topic of an assembly last week at Indian Township School when Mr. Bruce Stevens from the Lewy’s Island Lodge #138 presented the proposal.  The Masonic Lodge in Princeton with contributions from local area businesses and the school are organizing a voluntary reading incentive for the Princeton community schools, Indian Township and Princeton Elementary.  Princeton Elementary has a separate program designed for them.  Just for reading, students have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a chance to win a bike every time they read a book, preferably chapter books.

 Mr. Stevens stated that learning is the one thing that gives children a “chance in life.”  This program has been in existence since 2007, but is new to this area of the state.  The Masons are a philanthropic group giving over 3 million dollars a day to organizations worldwide.

The Books for Bikes program is designed for children who are reading on their own.  For every book read between February 1 and April 5, each child can complete an entry which goes into a drawing for the chance to win a bike and helmet.  On each form is a place to write a short review about the book, why they liked the book or not, or why someone might want to read it.  The lodge is sponsoring four bikes, two for girls and two for boys. Our school decided to extend the offer to the upper grades, due to the small number of students in each grade.  Some grades would be grouped together in order to get as many students participating as possible.  The breakdown is as follows:  grades 2 and 3, grade 4 and 5, and grades 6 through 8.  There will be one boy’s and one girl’s bike awarded to each group for a total of 6 bikes.  The winners will be drawn at a school assembly on Friday, April 5.

On Thursday, January 31, the eighth grade ventured to the state capital to observe a session of the State House and visit the Maine State Museum.  This special trip was sponsored by the Migrant Education program.

The Tribes of the Dawn Celebration Committee are once again organizing for their July celebration with a Sweetheart Dinner of spaghetti and meatballs with all the fixings at the school.  The supper is an important fund raiser and is scheduled for February 14 at 6 o’clock.  The cost is $10 per couple, $15 for a family, and $5 for elders.