Partners for Summer Learning
Partners for Summer Learning
Posted on 06/28/2017
The Buncombe County Schools Bookmobile and the LEAF Schools and Streets program have teamed up this summer to make sure children keep reading and enjoying art outside of school.

The Bookmobile will make stops around the county where kids, from Pre-K to sixth grade, can borrow books and earn cool prizes!

The Bookmobile is an old activity bus that has been completely transformed, said Bookmobile assistant Janelle May. Most of the seats have been removed, and the bus is completely filled with all kinds of books for the children to pick from.

“We have a book for everyone!” May said. “It is a wonderful to see when the children find just the right book and they become incredibly happy with their selection.”

Also this summer, LEAF is bringing arts, crafts and music to Summer Feeding Program sites at Deaverview Community Center and Spruce Hill Apartments. Teaching artists set out a table at Deaverview Apartments on Tuesday and showed the wide-eyed youngsters how to make whirling toys using twine and cardboard.A little boy reads a book on the BCS Bookmobile

“We want to expose more local youth to the power of art as a vehicle to express themselves creatively, and also to just bring some more fun to their summer,” said LEAF Community Relations director Cortina Caldwell.

The LEAF artists, with their Easel Rider van, stood next to the Bookmobile on Tuesday. The children stopped at both and also enjoyed a free meal at the Community Center, courtesy of the annual USDA Summer Feeding Program.

“This is our first year for this collaboration, which we’re calling ‘Meals and Wheels,’” Caldwell said. “We’re providing arts-based activities to these communities to deepen our relationship.”

“This is a great partnership and will further enrich the student's summer vacation,” May said. “We hope to see you there!”
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Click here for the Bookmobile schedule.
Click here for the Summer Meals and Wheels schedule.
Click here for the Summer Feeding Program schedule.
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