Here Comes the Bus for Early Literacy
A community outreach program designed to encourage reading in young children is being pushed forward in the West Allegheny school district, specifically the Findlay, North Fayette and Oakdale regions. The scheme involves a community mobile library, or Book Bus, driving around the area and encouraging early literacy among students. The mobile library will be heading out this summer and will help prepare children up to the age of 5 for school life by making reading fun.
The funds for the project have been provided by various sources, including the Parent Teacher Associations of the schools concerned, the Kehm Oil Company and the West Allegheny Foundation. The bus itself has been kindly donated by the Monark Student Transportation Corporation, responsible for school transport throughout the West Allegheny district, this corporation will also be responsible for transforming the bus into a mobile library. The Monark Corporation reports that the whole process of converting the bus will ultimately cost around $70,000.
In order to gather these funds, various forms of fundraising have been undertaken, for instance Jeans Day events, along with regular donations. The superintendent of the area, Jerry Lynn Lippert, has been greatly impressed by the support and funds offered by various associations and community members. With so much money gathered, Lippert believes the bus will be a true success and help to boost literacy levels in young children throughout the region. The funds will also allow the bus to be stocked with a good number and variety of books, offering plenty of choice for the children who climb aboard.
Administrators of the West Allegheny district put forward the idea of the bus late last year, with the ultimate aim being to create an improved level of literacy in youngsters across the area. Studies show that children who are able to read to a good standard by third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and enjoy success in their later lives, and so this is the standard the West Allegheny administrators would like to attain. In addition to the mobile library, a full-day kindergarten service is being introduced later this year to raise education levels for children under 5.
The Western Allegheny Library will be taking command of the bus, working together with administrators around the district to offer a selection of books and activities that are in line with the kindergarten programs. The library has already announced plans to introduce an early literacy learning specialist to the bus in order to educate the children further and help them choose the right books.
This book bus will be arriving soon in the West Allegheny district, so young children around the region should look forward to seeing it in their neighborhoods. Parents will equally be excited to climb aboard and will be provided with various additional educational researches to help their children at home. Overall, this new book bus will surely be a fantastic addition to education in the area and will be a big boost to early literacy.