The Literacy Bus will hit the road this summer, offering learning opportunities around Oxford and Lafayette County, school officials said.
The Literary Bus is a project developed as part of the Early Childhood and Reading Development Partnership, a collaboration between Oxford and Lafayette School Districts, the City of Oxford and Lafayette County. The partnership provides resources in the areas of school readiness, school attendance, out-of-school learning opportunities, and children’s health and wellness.
The Literacy Bus project reached completion in March under the leadership of Suzanne Ryals, Director of Early Childhood and Reading Development for the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. “The Literacy Bus allows us to go beyond the walls of classrooms, libraries and programs to take learning opportunities to the children in our community,” Ryals said. “Literacy is a leading indicator of community prosperity, and we want to use the literacy bus to develop strong readers in the LOU community.”
The bus project was inspired by the Moonshot Moment Rocket Literacy Bus that visited Oxford last June when the City of Oxford and Lafayette County were recognized as a finalist for the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading’s All-America City Award. Moonshot Moment is a project undertaken by Indian River County, Florida, to reach 90 percent childhood literacy by the third grade.
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Heather Lenard is the communications director for the Oxford School District.