Read for Bikes: Madison County Students Get New Rides

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MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Some Madison County elementary school students are receiving new bicycles through Lynn Fanning Elementary's Read for Bikes Program. The program was started by Dr. Jan Toney, a second-grade teacher at the school. She came up with the idea about six years ago as a way to encourage her homeroom students to read.

Toney partnered with Fortune Management, a national health management service, local businesses and elected officials to fund the program. With their support, she is able to buy not only the bikes but also a prize pack of bike accessories and school supplies. Each student also received a medallion and certificate of achievement.

This year's Read for Bikes award program was held on Friday, May 16. Seventeen students collected enough points through the Accelerated Reader Program to qualify. In total, the class read 3,048 books. They also improved their reading skills, finishing the year at an above third-grade level.

Dr. Toney hopes to continue the program for many years to come. If you're interested in supporting Read for Bikes, you may contact her at