Shields Books for Bikes reading program winners listed

Jean Skillman

The Books for Bikes reading program for Shields Valley Elementary School students in kindergarten through sixth grade was Feb. 2-16, and was sponsored by the Masonic Lodge of Wilsall and the Women of Wilsall. 

Students earn certificates for a drawing by reading outside the classroom. One certificate qualifies a student for a book prize and seven certificates for a chance at winning a bike. Kindergarten through third grade read for 15 minutes for each certificate, and fourth through sixth grade read 20 minutes for each certificate. 

The kindergarten through third grade tallied a total of 10,815 minutes this year, while third through sixth grade read for a total of 14,100 minutes.

Awards were given Feb. 16 at the Shields Valley Elementary School in Wilsall. Bike winners were: kindergarten, Joy Peck; first grade, Nicki Swandal; second grade, Alicia Hunt; third grade, Athena Armstrong; fourth grade, James Collins; fifth grade, Riley Croston and sixth grade, Wyatt Rooney.

“I had my fingers crossed” said Alisha of winning.

Gift certificates to Barnes and Noble Booksellers given for most minutes read went to kindergartner Bodie Bullard, second-graders Danner McDuffie and Shayne Taylor, and fourth-graders Reagan Long and Remy Sexton.

The Masonic Lodge of Wilsall provides the bikes and helmets for the winners, and the Women of Wilsall provide books for the other readers. The school provided the gift certificates.


Upcoming events

• The Shields Valley Senior Citizens potluck dinner starts at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Senior Center in Wilsall. There will also be a music program and dramatic readings. 

• A craft group will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall. Bring something to work on or just come to visit.



Miranda Lee Wiltgen, 6 pounds 4 ounces, was born Feb. 11 to Tyler and Malaree  Wiltgen of Bozeman. Her maternal grandparents are Dave and Laurie Persell of Billings, and her paternal grandparents are Art and Karie Wiltgen of Bozeman. Her great-grandparents are Marty and Virginia Swandal of Wilsall.


Church news

• A coffee hour will be held at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. worship service Sunday, Feb. 21, at Shields Valley United Methodist Church in Clyde Park.

• Ruth Circle of Shields River Lutheran Church met Feb. 10 at the church in Wilsall with Jean Pletan as hostess.



Winners of the Feb. 16 Senior Citizens card party were Marie Smith, first; Betty Burdette, second; and Dorothy Lucas, low.


Guests, visits

Sunday overnight guests of Jim and Audrey Winkley were their daughter Loraine May, her daughter K.J. Tackett, and May’s grandchildren Emilee, Ethan and Erakah, all of Billings.

Dennis and Jodi Wilson returned Tuesday from a six-day trip to Orofino, Idaho, where they visited their daughter Robbin Armstrong. While there Dennis enjoyed salmon fishing on the Clearwater River.


School Schedule 

• Feb. 17-20: District Basketball Tournament is at Manhattan Christian.

• Feb. 18-20: The junior high boys participate in the tournament in Belgrade. Shields Valley’s first game is at 3:30 p.m. with the Belgrade #2 team. 

• Feb. 24-27: The Divisional Basketball Tournament is in Hamilton.

• Feb. 24: The County Spelling Bee is at the Shane Lalani Center in Livingston at 1 p.m.


Reach Jean Skillman at 578-2570