The last week of February and first week of March brought members of Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 to Latexo Elementary on a couple of occasions.
First, they visited with students in grades 2 – 5 to promote the Scottish Rite Hospital's "Take Time to Read" program.
Then, they visited with students in first grade to promote the Masonic Charities' Fantastic Teeth Club program.
As a part of the reading program, students were encouraged to read every day. They were given a calendar to record how many minutes each day they take the time to read.
At the end of the month, the calendars will be signed, collected and returned to Masonic Charities.
Students will then receive awards based on how much time they spent reading.
As a part of the dental care program, students have been taught about dental care in the classroom. This was followed by a visit from members of Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 and the school nurse, who quizzed the students on what they had learned about taking proper care of their teeth.
At the conclusion of the presentation, each student was presented with a bag from Masonic Charities. In the bag, students were given a new toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, as well as stickers, a game and information about proper tooth care.
In speaking to the lodge representatives present, Tom Murphy, D. C. Williams, Jack Watson and Alan Kepley, it was revealed that Masonic lodges across the state are participating in these programs, as well as with programs through Shriner's Hospital.
In Texas alone, they are able to connect with over 300,000 children, encouraging them to participate in and develop healthy habits.
Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 in Crockett visits students in the Crockett ISD, Kennard ISD, Latexo ISD, as well as Vista Academy and Torchlight Academy.
The Lovelady and Grapeland lodges provide these services to their schools.
The Masonic lodges also support area high school seniors through their scholarship program, and encourage seniors of 2015 to complete their applications and turn them in.