They say it takes a village to raise a child, well the same can be said when local
businesses in Boscobel join together to provide reading materials for student enjoyment.
Last school year Gina Goss, Community First Branch Manager, read an article featuring Books on the Bus, a program created by a bus driver and his wife at a school district in Door County. The concept is that a variety of reading materials are kept in seat covers on the bus for students to read while on their morning/evening bus routes. Not only are students working on their literacy skills while enjoying reading, but it’s also decreasing the noise and negative behavior by keeping them occupied while on the bus.
Ms. Goss immediately forwarded the article to her child’s 4K teacher, Mrs. Sara Richter. Mrs. Richter shared the concept with a few staff members and the concept was pursued and made a reality thanks to the support of area businesses collaborating with the elementary staff. A local business, Superior Trophies, worked over the summer with Transportation Director Doug Piotrowski and a few bus drivers to design and install seat covers to hold the books.
Last spring, Mrs. Oldenberg, District Reading Specialist, and Mrs. Kay Elementary, School Counselor, began ordering new books and collecting gently used books to be circulated on the buses. This fall, under the direction and positive support of new Administrator Mr. Greg Bell and new Elementary Principal Ms. Danelle Schmid, the buses were stocked with reading materials and the students were excited to discover them.
Finances needed for purchasing the new reading materials and materials for seat covers was provided by Great Lakes Higher Education, Gundersen Boscobel, and Community First Bank, who all value getting books in student’s hands.
Since this is the pilot year of the program, reading materials are available for Early Childhood through grade. However, the hope is to expand the availability of reading materials to older students as well, but additional funding is needed to purchases these reading materials and additional seat covers.
If you are interested in donating gently used appropriate books at anytime for elementary school students grades, please contact Ms. Sharyl Kay at 375-4165.