Read to Ride, Inc., a voluntary reading-incentive program, offers its thanks to Charter Oak Federal Credit Union with a plaque that expresses gratitude for the Credit Union’s continued support.
Read to Ride is designed specifically for Norwich, Bozrah, Sprague, Baltic, and Montville students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Benjamin P. Lathrop, former Norwich Mayor, and Billy Caron, Montville Councilman, established the program in 2009. Today, its board consists of 12 people.
The program encourages exercising the mind and body by both reading and physical activity. Since its inception, more than 400 bicycles have been given away to Norwich and Montville students. Charter Oak has been a consistent supporter of Read to Ride and has awarded more than $4,000 since 2010.
“Read to Ride is doing an excellent job encouraging and motivating students in kindergarten through fifth grade to read,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s Chief Executive Officer. “And a new bicycle is a great incentive!”
Children who participate in Read to Ride’s voluntary reading incentive program have a chance to win a bicycle, helmet, and lock. Participating students read outside of school for a specific time period and complete a reading log, which is later exchanged for an entry into the official drawing. One boy and one girl per grade level are chosen at the conclusion of each school year during a school-wide assembly.
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