Local Masonic Lodges team up to donate bikes during summer reading program


Members of four local Masonic lodges gathered Wednesday afternoon for the first of four bicycle giveaways this summer at Murphy Elementary School in Metamora Township. Photo by Jeff Hogan

METAMORA TWP. – A collaboration that includes four Masonic Lodges in Lapeer County have teamed up to help Murphy Elementary School in Metamora Township keep books in children’s hands this summer.

After a year of in-person and virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, educators and parents recognize the need to improve and encourage additional reading during summer vacation. On Wednesday, the children of Murphy Elementary School and their parents had the opportunity to select a few books to take with them, while enjoying the games during the afternoon program.

At the end of the program, the children had a chance to win a bicycle, courtesy of members of the local Masonic Lodge.

Murphy Elementary School principal Robert Downey has teamed up with Ramsay Coronado, who chairs a Bikes for Books program run by the Michigan Masons. Two bikes were donated last week.

This summer, eight bikes and helmets will be offered as part of the Summer Reading Program activities in Murphy.

“We would like to start by thanking the students and parents (at Murphy Elementary) for all of their hard work. We all sincerely hope that this program has been of benefit to students’ learning to read, ”said Coronado.

The program was a team effort which included: Venerable Master Eric Zuehlk of Lapeer Masonic Lodge 54; Chris Marshall, Venerable Master of Metamora-Hadley Lodge 210; Florence Welch, worthy matron, Imlay City Friendship 252 Order of the Eastern Star; and Ernie Centofanti, venerable master of Attica-Imlay City Lodge 295.

“Special thanks to Julie and Jeremy and the management of the Lapeer Walmart store for the discount on the bikes and helmets,” said Coronado.

Upcoming Murphy Elementary School reading and bike giveaways will take place on July 7, July 21, and August 11.

Editor’s note: see the Wednesday June 30 edition of Departmental press for photos of last week’s program and the winners of the bikes.


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