November 29, 2018
A bus of books to be used to close literacy gap in Statesboro, Georgia
by Christina Cerio
As part of an initiative to close the literacy gap in Bulloch County, Georgia, the Bulloch County School Board surveyed over 400 parents in the area about reading. According to the survey, referenced in a WSAV story by Khalil Maycock, some reasons for the disconnect with reading in the area include financial situations and distance from a library.
The school board’s solution to this problem was to create a “book mobile,” which will be a school bus-turned-library that will drive through neighborhoods to make reading more accessible to the community. The expected completion date for the book mobile is Summer 2019 and will carry books for young readers ranging from birth to third grade. The school board is eagerly awaiting the completion date.
Yvette Ledford, director of academic support said, “the book bus will be something that will benefit [the children] whether they are in school or not. It would benefit them. So, it’s sponsored by Bulloch county schools but it is serving Bulloch county as a whole.”
Christina Cerio is the Manager of Direct Sales & Special Projects at Melville House.