Kids have fun with books, bikes at community event

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Kids got to ride their bikes and enjoy a delightful story on Friday during the “Read and Ride” event.

The event hosted by the Deer Creek Summer Program on Friday August 5, where children and adults made 4 stops to hear episodes of a story called “The Bruce Swap”, by Ryan T. Higgins, read by famous readers such as District Attorney Mike Kagay.

According to the book synopsis, Bruce is a hard-to-fun bear and Bruce’s friends have noticed, they even wish Bruce was more fun. The next day, the friends were shocked to see that Bruce became more adventurous and exciting. What the friends don’t know is that Bruce isn’t Bruce, it’s his cousin, Kevin.

Each stop included Highland Park High School, Johnston Community Center, Dornwood Community Center and Deer Creek Community Center.

The event was created in partnership with the Topeka Public Library and Shawnee Co., United Way, the Topeka Housing Authority and the Shawnee Co. Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Officers from the Topeka Police Department also accompanied the group to make sure everyone was safe.

Arnold Downing Sr., vice president of tenancy and resident services for the Topeka Housing Authority, said the program’s event was intended to get kids moving, having fun and reading.

“First of all, you can have fun and read too, you can ride a bike and be safe,” says Downing Sr. The Topeka Police Department is a partnership, they are good people, they have to help us and protect us, and serve us well, and so just have a good time and have fun. It’s time to go back to school, they have to prepare well, it’s time to do it.

Bikes are even donated for the event and will be able to go home with the children, as well as books for the children.

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