Last Ride of the Summer for Books on Bikes

By: News Email
By: News Email

August 18, 2014

Charlottesville public shools teachers and staff met for the final run of the reading program with Books on Bikes on a Bus.

Last spring, teachers raised money to buy bikes that they used to stop in several neighborhoods throughout this summer and bring books to kids in various city neighborhoods.

On Monday evening, they took a school bus to bring the books and freezee pops for a program that they said encourages reading and community connection.

"Not only does it help our students read over the summer and prevent what we call the summer slide -- students falling behind in their reading over the summer -- but it also allowed us to make a connection to their community. It allowed us to know their family, know them, in somewhere other than the classroom," said Kellie Keyser, one of the three founders of Books on Bikes and a third grade teacher at Clark elementary school in Charlottesville.

This is the second year Keyser and others have delivered summer reading books. Last year, though, before acquiring bikes, the program was Books on a Wagon.

Keyser said they saw about 50 kids at each of the neighborhoods they stopped at twice a week this summer.

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