By the Herald editorial staff
You've seen the new bikes around town, on display in public venues, bright and shiny and the very thing to catch a youngster's interest.
These bikes are the payoffs in a thoughtful program by the Kennewick Masonic Lodge to encourage grade-school children to learn to enjoy reading.
It's called Books for Bikes.
For the 2009-10 school year, the Masons are supporting seven Kennewick schools: Hawthorne, Finley, Eastgate, Washington, Westgate, Amistad and Vista, plus both Kennewick public libraries.
For each book a student reads, he or she is allowed to put an entry slip into a drawing. The more books a student reads, the more entries that student will have. The school then holds a drawing at the end of the term. Some 56 bicycles have been given out in the past three years.
This neat project costs money, and the Masons are having a fundraiser -- a $50 dinner and silent auction -- starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tri-City Country Club.
For more information, call 582-2993 or 735-4625.