The Franklin Special School District’s Story Bus program can be seen as a win-win for parents and children alike.
The free community service that’s offered in the summer by the FSSD is designed to foster a love of reading in children, according to a press release from the district. It’s especially important in the summertime when reading might otherwise drop off for school-age children.
And for parents who take advantage of the Story Bus program, it gives them some time to get a little shopping done while their children spend time reading on the bus.
The Story Bus program offers reading time and storytelling to children ages 4 through the fourth grade (younger if accompanied by an adult.) Children may choose a good book, curl up on a beanbag and read or have books read to them. The bus is staffed with certified teachers and paraprofessionals who love reading with children.
Parents may sign their children on board for up to 45 minutes while shopping. This is the amount of time that children generally remain interested and enjoy their stay on the bus. Parents must adhere to the time limit for smooth operation of the Story Bus program. Also, a cell phone number must be provided at the time of drop off in case a parent needs to be contacted.
The Story Bus will be at the locations below June 4 through July 18 (excluding the week of July 1-5):
Mondays (June 11, 25 and July 9)
Kroger Independence Square
595 Hillsboro Road
Between Kroger & Target
3064 Columbia Ave.
Publix at Franklin Market Place
1031 Riverside Drive
For more information, contact Dr. Gina Looney, Story Bus coordinator, at 615-591-2802.