Books for Bikes program is kicking off Feb. 2

By Jean Skillman
Shields Valley Correspondent

The Books for Bikes program for Shields Valley Elementary students starts Tuesday, Feb. 2, and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 16, when bikes and books will be given away. 

Before the Kickoff assembly Feb. 2, students in grades four through six will draw the names for reading buddies from grades kindergarten through third grade. The older students will go to the lower grades and find their buddies to go to the gym for the assembly and afterward read together in the gym.

The event is sponsored by the Masonic Lodge of Wilsall and the Women of Wilsall.


Other upcoming events

• Humorous motivational speaker Lois Olmstead will bring the program at the Happy Homemakers meeting Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall. All are welcome.

• A celebration for Pearl D’Ewart on her 99th birthday is planned for Saturday, Feb. 6, starting at 2 p.m. at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall. Come and reminisce with her and others about what she has seen in nearly a century of living.


107 quilts

Again this year at the annual quilting week at Shields River Lutheran Church in Wilsall, 107 quilts were complete, with 31 ladies from five counties helping. A big thank-you to all who had a part in the project.

The finished quilts are given to the Montana Rescue Mission, Shodair Children’s Hospital, the Shrine Hospital, fire victims, local needs, and Disaster Response and World Hunger Appeal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.


Star Students

Shields Valley Star Students for January are: kindergarten — Exzavier Payne and Kale Rock; first grade — Trevor Davis and Gaige Taylor; second grade — Dawson Matzinger and Peyton Page; third grade — Athena Armstrong; fourth grade — Ava Burkes, Charley Bullard and Josie Vermillion; fifth grade — Caitlyn Carbah and Riley Croston; sixth grade _ Wyatt Rooney, Haven Sager and Coby Stallard.



• The Cottonwood Pinochle Club met Jan. 20 at the St. Margaret’s Catholic Church Hall in Clyde Park with Joyce and Everrett Bailey, Tony and Patsy Bailey, and Russ and Lorene Bailey as hosts. Skip McIlhattan won men’s high prize and Walt Briggs won men’s low. Rosie Queen won women’s high prize and June Miller, women’s low. The door prize went to Jerry Kiger.

• Wilsall Women’s Pinochle Club met Monday afternoon at the Shields Valley Senior Center. Prize winners were Mary Sarver, high; Jean Landers, low; and Tammy Palmer, traveling.

• Winners of the Jan. 26 Senior Citizens card party were Betty Burdette, first; Georgia Hogenson, second; and Marie Smith, low.


School schedule 

• Jan. 28: The high school basketball teams play Lone Peak in Clyde Park starting with the girls junior varsity at 4:30 p.m.

• Jan. 30: The high school basketball teams play in Sheridan starting with the girls varsity at 5:30 p.m. the junior high boys basketball tournament in Clyde Park starts at 9 a.m. The elementary boys play basketball at Saint Mary’s in Livingston at 10 a.m.

• Feb. 4: The spelling bee is at 9 a.m. in the Clyde Park school library. The high school basketball teams play Townsend in Clyde Park and Wilsall. The boys junior varsity will play in Wilsall at 4 p.m. The rest of the games are in Clyde Park starting with the girls junior varsity at 4 p.m.