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Breakfast helps Bikes for Books Program

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KENNEWICK, Wash;-- Pancakes, eggs, and coffee were all part of the breakfast fundraiser this morning in Kennewick to support the Bikes for Books Reading Program.

The program is designed to encourage young students to read more, and the more they read the better chance they have to get their name drawn for a new bike. Program representatives say at West Gate Elementary School, less than 40 percent of students could pass the 3rd grade equivalency reading test several years ago, but when the program began, things changed.

"After three years of the Bikes for Books Program, better than 90 percent passed that test. I think it's the best program I've ever worked with," Ray Schulz said.

The breakfast today raised about $300. The next one is scheduled on the last Sunday in March.