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Students get toys for doing extra reading

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Students get toys for doing extra reading. Back in October, we introduced you to a local bike group that was collecting hundreds of toys for needy children.

On Tuesday the Desert Thunder motorcycle group handed out some of those toys to students at Eastgate Elementary School in Kennewick. They were able to collect more than 540 toys for children in Tri-Cities. They've been doing this more than 30 years. Desert Thunder Member Gary Portlock says "it's a lot of fun knowing you're going to at least make 500 kids happy, that's fun. That's really fun."

Eastgate Principal Niki Arnold-Smith says "so every time a student reads a book or they read 100 minutes, their name gets put into a drawing and they may win one of the toys."Eastgate Elementary got about 100 toys to give to students as a reward for doing extra reading.

The group chose 6 local schools for the giveaway and toys for children in hospitals.