Read to Ride | Dependable Cleaners

Read to Ride

Read to Ride is an engaging summer reading program that encourages students aged 5 to 15 to read during summer vacation. In its 21st year, the program kicks off Monday, May 1, 2019.  This year's sponsors include Dependable Cleaners, The Patriot Ledger, Farina’s Bicycle Center, Giant Boston and Bikes Not Bombs.  Prizes include bicycles, books, sporting goods, gift cards and much more. The program runs from May 1, 2019, to August 12, 2019. A winner is drawn every Monday, between May 20 and August 12 (except July 1).

In 2018, the program successfully engaged students to read more than 2800 books and gave away 12 bicycles and many other prizes to participants. Dependable Cleaners President Christa Hagearty, who founded the program, said: “In this age where children are glued to tablets and computers, I believe more than ever in encouraging reading and getting kids outside.” She estimates that more than 85,000 books have been read by children who have participated in Read to Ride over the past 20+ years.

Children winning the weekly bicycle prize, chosen on Mondays from May to August (except July 1), will have their photo taken and the photo will be published in The Patriot Ledger. Entry forms and contest details will be available at local libraries, South Shore YMCAs, local Boys & Girls Clubs, at all Dependable Cleaners locations and from your Home & Office Delivery Driver.

2019 Winners

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Winners and Announcements

April 30, 2019

21st Annual Read To Ride Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

  Quincy, MA- The 21st annual Read to Ride summer reading program kicks off Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. at the Germantown Neighborhood Center […]
March 6, 2019

Local Library Spotlight: Hingham Public Library

  When was the last time you visited your library? Anna Byrne, Assistant Director of the Hingham Public Library, invites you to come back and take […]
September 7, 2018

CHRISTA HAGEARTY: Thanks for supporting Read to Ride

To the editor: Read to Ride, Dependable Cleaners’ summer reading contest, has wrapped up its 20th season. Our goal has been to encourage summertime reading in […]
August 22, 2018

Newton student wins bicycle from Read to Ride contest

The latest winner of Dependable Cleaners’ Read to Ride contest is Tyler Perna-Timperico, an eight-year-old from Newton. Tyler is a student at Horace Mann Elementary School […]
August 7, 2018

Braintree middle schooler wins bike from Read to Ride

The latest winner of Dependable Cleaners’ Read to Ride contest is Colin Foley, a twelve-year-old from Braintree. A student at South Middle School, Colin was awarded […]


Participating Sponsors

The Patriot Ledger
Farina's Bicycle Shop - Watertown, MA
Giant Boston, Bicycle Shop Boston, MA
Giant Boston, Bicycle Shop Boston, MA

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