Evans County Schools rolling out literacy bus this summer

EVANS CO., GA (WTOC) - You might take things like books and the internet for granted outside of school, but not all students have access to them during the summer break.

This summer, Evans County Schools will crank up a mobile library and hotspot and take it to neighborhoods where kids need it most.

Students see school buses in their neighborhood during the summer, but not decorated on the outside and equipped with tons of stuff on the inside. Books and bookshelves line the walls of the bus.

"We've been brainstorming about having a literacy bus since last spring, at least," said Amanda Locke, Evans County Schools.

The bus was on a list to be decommissioned, retired, and sold at auction, but Locke and others knew they could turn it into a mobile reading room and take it where students need it the most.

"Parents are limited. Students are limited, so it's access," Locke said. "We want students to look forward to getting a book, getting a new book, on a regular basis."

Before June, they'll add a mobile hotspot and tablets so students can surf the web for education.

"We want to reduce that 'summer slide,' so keeping them engaged and keeping them reading is going to be a real benefit," Locke said.

She says they couldn't do it without the help of a local company and community group to reach students wherever they'll be.

They hope to keep it rolling even when the next school year begins.

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