Quincy, MA – Dependable Cleaners has announced recent winners in its Read to Ride summer reading contest, sponsored by Dependable Cleaners, The Patriot Ledger, Farina’s Bicycle Center, and Bikes Not Bombs. Runner up prizes provided by Feenan Financial, McDevitt Law Group, British Beer Company, Dependable Cleaners, and So Big Marketing.
For the first time in Read to Ride history, two brothers have won bikes! Week 8’s winner was Richard B., 6, from Somerville; his older brother Chris, 8, won in Week 13. Both boys picked up their new bikes from Farina’s Bicycle Center in Watertown, one of the Read to Ride program’s sponsors.
Not only were Chris and Richard participating in our contest, but they were conducting a contest of their own. “They were extremely competitive about the whole thing,” mother Liga says. “They would check out 50 books every week from the library, maxing out on the limit every time. Every time we went to the library, the librarian would have our huge stack of books waiting for us. Richard and Chris would always be competing on who got first choice of books, who would read the best books, etc. Every week they would read a book with a different theme.”
Richard’s winning book was Francis Scott Key’s Star Spangled Banner by Monica Kulling. “Richard loves history. He’s fascinated by every major historical battle and how America got its freedom.” Chris’ winning book was Chicken for a Day by Frances Minters. “Chris reads anything he gets his hands on. Reading really is his favorite hobby.” Chris especially likes encyclopedias and the variety of Step 3 and Step 4 books.
Both boys are avid soccer and piano players. Richard’s favorite subject in school is math, although when he’s reading by himself he loves prefers reading history books. Chris loves playing with legos, swimming, and playing the violin. He also enjoys math class, as well as science.
Enjoy your bikes, boys!
The 2019 Read to Ride summer reading program has concluded for the year. Running from May to August, Read to Ride is an annual summer reading program that encourages students aged 5-15 to read books during summer vacation for the chance to win a bike. We would like to thank all the students, schools, libraries and local organizations who participated and made this year a success. We appreciate the community support and are proud to have engaged over 350 students this year to read over 2,580 books!