Students across Central win bikes for books in Read & Ride

Early learning and elementary students throughout the Promise neighborhood read hundreds of books and turned in their reading logs in the hopes of winning a brand-new bicycle. As part of the Read & Ride program, students were encouraged to read books outside of school, log what they’d read, and logs would be entered into a drawing to receive a new bike at the end of the school year.

Winners’ names are listed below, and will continue to be updated throughout June. This year, one of the SPARK winners, Sir Eric Bowling, won a bike after reading 91 books. His sister, Diamond Bowling, was a winner last year. Sir Eric and Diamond’s mom said literacy efforts are helping encourage her kids to pick up a book.

“It’s easy now because they are always asking me to read to them,” she said. “They even noticed the little tree houses with books in them (Little Free Libraries) and asked me to get them some books. So now I fill their book bags without three to four books when we’re walking home and I tell Eric he has to carry his book bag with his new books.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!


George Washington Carver:

Grade 1 – Tashawn Jones, Faith Harvey

Grade 2 – Steven Bouyer, Autumn Paschal



Pre-K: Chloe Vason, Corey Vason

Grade 1 – Tayvontay Dennis, Kimora Wilson

Grade 2 – Malayah Randle, Emanuel Marks


Alfred A. Benesch:

Grade 1 – Levi Cook, Josiana Torres

Grade 2 – Akir Taylor, Tredaysia Davis



Sir Eric Bowling, Rha’Xzya Singleton


Daycare for Future Scholars:

A’Miyah Pitmon, Isaac Washington, Jr


William Patrick Day:

Arionna Black, Timothy Yue