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Where Education Starts the Moment Students Step on the Bus 1 Books on the Bus Coordinators Ted Chaudoir District Bus Driver and CoPresident of the Southern Door United Educators Missy Bousley ID: 549967 Download Presentation


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Books on the Bus: Where Education Starts the Moment Students Step on the Bus


Books on the Bus: Coordinators



District Bus Driver and

Co-President of the Southern Door United Educators



District Reading Specialist

, Title I Coordinator, and Literacy Coach




District SuperintendentSlide3

The mission of Books on the Bus

is to encourage the joy of reading during the students commute to and from school.


This is our story…


Evolution of an idea…

Section One

Here’s What We are Doing

Section Two

How This Applies to You

How it evolved?

What is it?

Why does it exist?

How is this financed?

How does it get done?

Who is involved?


What is it?It is a program whereby school bus-drivers have age appropriate picture books, chapter books and coloring books available for elementary aged students to look through, read from or to be read to by older students, while being transported to and from school.Books on the Bus is to encourage the joy of reading during the students commute to and from school-mission statement.


Why Does It Exist?The reality of life on a school bus can be: scaryboringstressfulpeer pressurebullying

Undisciplined environmentA driver’s attention is divided between the road and students


Why Books on the Bus?The environmental need for disciplineThe matter of bus safetyThe opportunity for relationship buildingThe ideal: Literacy


The Ideal:Fosters interest in books during an otherwise wasted time=makes good use of that time

Mentoring is a great progression in learning


Books on the Bus: The Evolution of an IdeaRealism


Books on the Bus

is a combination of both realism and idealism. A collaboration between formed between educator and ESP formed to achieve the goals of both views.


How it evolved:


The Idea- Recycle Alisha’s books

Collaborator-Missy and Ted and Drivers

Public Appeal-Missy

Literacy Award- Ted

Gave the program its integrity.

Grant Writing

We had the integrity of the literacy award to get money.



Alisha’s books


Who is Involved:

Collaboration is Vital



Bus Driver

Transportation DirectorCommunity Parents of school wide children


How does it get done logistically? Inventory needs Library system

Program logo stickersSeat coversRevolving inventory of books on the bus


Equipment Needs:A library system of sortsStamps or stickers for identification of booksSeat covers with book pockets for the books Upholstery

Meets the needs for confining/containing books preventing loose/flying objects in case of accidentSystem for changing out titles on the buses (student volunteers)

This might be what we talk about after the pictures fly up on previous slide


Where to start?4 year oldsImmediately reduces scariness of bus rideOccupies time on the rideIntroduces interesting booksStarts and continues the school’s missionStep up to mentoring by middle school and high school students

Creates opportunity for quality dialogue


Grant Writing


The number one ingredient?

Passion for children and literacy! Drivers and people in education with a passion to see students succeed in school and on the bus!


Books on the Bus Spreads


NEA Today ArticleSlide20

Books on the Bus Spreads

Other districts have implemented their own BOB program after learning of SD’s success.

Phillips School District

DC Everest Area Schools


“We have the visionary staff of the Southern Door school district to thank for being the catalyst for our program in helping to improve literacy for students in both the Southern Door and DC Everest Area School Districts!!”21Slide22

“Your willingness to try something new is just one example of progress made when we focus on the opportunities inside every challenge.” Southern Door Community Member


“I am a third grade teacher at Skyline School in Scottsboro, Alabama. I had a third grade student bring me a print out of your Books on the Bus program. I thought it was such a great idea, I am going to try to help her implement this in our school. I am sure we will have a large amount of books that aren't used just in our elementary classrooms or storage rooms.”


Spreading the News


- To Do Work Time in Groups -

Who can you collaborate with?

What outlets can you use?

Who would have you back?


- Our Next Steps-

Reading Incentives to read on the bus

New hardcover books for all age levels


Seat covers for all seats

Match up


with LittlesSlide27

What storage is permissible for the department of transportation?27Slide28

Exit Ticket28Slide29

Seat Cover InformationDeb Rhodes 920-559-131829

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