The final chapter of Flat Rock Elementary School’s Magic Book Bus summer program has come to a close.
“With wonderful staff, student, parent, and community support, we hope to bring it back next summer,” said Assistant Principal Angela Llewellyn.” Several parents asked the staff to continue the project, which was funded by The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation.
She said the effort allowed students to continue reading over the summer. Llewellyn said the Flat Rock Elementary staff felt blessed to visit and read with its students.
“We were able to meet new friends, who were visiting family members in the community and give them a book,” Llewellyn said. “Each child was given a snack and juice provided by the Summer Feeding Program.” One Tuesday, the bus staff sang Happy Birthday to one of the students while her mom took a photograph. Brenda Whitaker, director of Federal Programs, also rode the bus and was excited to see all the students coming to get books.
On Thursday, Rana Chamberlain, from the Mount Airy Public Library, gave out bags of goodies, and library cards. Even after the Magic Book Bus has stopped its route for this summer, extra books will be given out until school starts at the end of August. Students were reminded the Dragon’s Lair box outside of the school had books in it, just in case they want to do some extra reading.