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Reading and Riding

Mike Jones Ellie Terry Sam Dingman Bryen Warran

The kids, right to left, Ellie Terry, second grade, Tekoa; Sam Dingman, second grade, Oakesdale; Bryen Warren, fourth grade, Garfield, and Lexi Anderson, second grade, Palouse. Standing with them are, from right to left, John Jamison, Masonic lodge member; Denise Angelo, Tekoa teacher; Jake Dingman, Oakesdale superintendent; Zane Wells, Garfield Middle School superintendent and principal, and Mike Jones, Garfield/Palouse High School principal.

Oakesdale Masonic Lodge no. 55 gave awards to four students at the end of the school year for its annual reading program spanning Tekoa, Oakesdale and Garfield. The students each won a new bike and helmet for reading books in school. Students in first grade through sixth grade participated, with their name entered in a box each time they finished a book. At the end of the school year, a drawing is held to pick the four winners.

On June 5, the kids were taken to Walmart in Moscow to pick out a new bike and helmet.

"This program encourages students to read more and improve their reading skill...

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