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May 2017 Entry

Community Bus – Reaching Out Into Our Community

Amber Belako
Fredericksburg · VA
Overview
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We are working with Spotstylvania County Public Schools to launch a Community Resource Bus. This bus will take educational resources and literacy materials out into the communities to reach our parents and students where they are, making the bus easily recognizable part of SCPS. The bus will be utilized to encourage and increase both parent and community involvement. With a growing population within Spotsylvania County, many of our residents are unsure of where to start and where to go for school registration, school readiness, and literacy resources. The bus will be partnering with a variety of local organizations to offer a variety of resources to parents and students.

How will you use the $10k?

The funds will be used as to purchase resource and literacy materials for the bus. These materials will include a variety of leveled reading books that are appropriate for all students Pre-K through 12th grade to read while visiting the bus. Additionally, we would like to have a supply of books that can be used as give-a-ways for students that visit the bus. Our plan is to negotiate pricing and book packages with several of the book/literacy suppliers that the school division currently has contracts with.

What impact do you hope to make?

The bus will be used to encourage and increase both parent and community involvement with the school division. The goal of the bus is to go out into the neighborhood communities, including visiting hotels, where our students and parents live and to take them the information they need for school registration and literacy resources to help prepare students for school. In addition, the bus will would like to equip with several laptops, a printer, and WiFi to allow parents to access online resources, and to begin the online school registration process, which they may not have at their home.

The bus will be partnering with local organizations to offer a variety of resources to parents and students.

Other Details
Community Bus – Reaching Out Into Our Community
Community Bus – Reaching Out Into Our Community
Community Bus – Reaching Out Into Our Community
Community Bus – Reaching Out Into Our Community

- Complete the bus renovations
- Ribbon cutting and maiden voyage
- Take the bus to local community events - the bus will be taken out into the community for a variety of events to include: Annual 4th of July Stars & Stripes Event, Annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive, Community Christmas parades, and School events (Back-to-School nights, Conference nights, Fall festivals, Spring Carnivals, etc.)
- The bus will have a sign-up schedule that principals can use to sign up for days and times to go out into their communities to reach parents and students where they live. Principals will work with their staff to have people on hand, including registrars and ESOL teachers, on the days the bus is out in their community.

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