This morning we celebrated the countywide launch of an exciting literacy program for our elementary school students.
Volunteer April Taylor and PCPS staff have worked to provide nearly 400 Title I elementary school buses with a selection of books for students to enjoy on their rides to and from school. The collections of donated books (more than 16,000 books altogether) will be periodically rotated among buses so that students always have something new to read. Students will also serve as volunteer “librarians” to help manage their bus’ books.
Taylor created the Erma’s Books on the Bus program — named for her reading therapy dog, Erma — as an extension of the duo’s volunteer literacy work in our schools (read more here and here ). The initiative also builds upon an existing PCPS program, Read While You Roll, that allows bus drivers to offer books for students to read.
Taylor and Erma joined us as Scott Lake Elementary for this morning’s kickoff event.
“This has been one of the brightest moments of my life — working with this dog and doing these programs,” Taylor said. “I love reading, and I want every kid to love reading as much as I do.”
Thanks again to April and Erma, and a special thanks to GoodWill’s BookWorks program!