On Saturday, September 24, at the Malden Public Library, six children who participated in the library’s summer reading program were each honored with prizes donated by The Order of Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization. At this special ceremony, each winner received a medal and a Kindle Fire tablet. Eligible participants reported their reading minutes to the library for all six weeks of the program and met the minimum requirement of two hours each week. (All of the award recipients actually exceeded this weekly goal!) The names of all eligible participants were grouped by gender and grade (students who had just completed the first, second or third grade), and then one name was drawn from each group. The prizes were presented by two Pythians: Alan Zamansky and Harvey Slobodkin.
The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, nonsectarian, fraternal order that was established in Washington, D.C., in 1864 by Justus H. Rathbone. The fraternal order follows three distinguishing principles – Friendship, Charity and Benevolence – and supports charitable, benevolent, fraternal and social activities.