08 Nov 2018
A primary school’s plan for a new library is just the ticket – a double-decker bus is being converted and located in the school playground.
At Baston Church of England Primary School, near Bourne, Headteacher Rebecca Mills was challenged by an existing library with limited bookshelves, inadequate lighting and cramped space for children to sit and enjoy reading.
With no alternative indoor space available, she came up with the idea of siting a Library Bus in the school grounds and asked the PTA committee to drive the project forward.
Rising to the challenge, the school PTA approached Stagecoach East Midlands which generously donated a vehicle that had reached the end of the road along with a supply of paint to revamp its exterior.
Emma Bush, PTA chairman, explains: "We want to help our children experience the joy of reading a wide, exciting world of texts in a place that inspires and motivates them.
"The Library Bus will be the perfect place and we are extremely grateful to Stagecoach East Midlands for the company's help in turning the idea into a reality.
"Securing the bus is just the start.
"Making it a useable space is going to take time, effort and money.
"The local community can also help - the project is in the running for an Aviva Community Fund grant and we need people to vote for us at Baston PTA Library Bus."
Matt Cranwell, MD of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: "Stagecoach East Midlands is thrilled to be able to support Baston CofE Primary School by donating a vehicle for their Library Bus project.
"We hope once completed it will be well-received by the children and provide them with an environment that assists their learning.”
The bus, which will also be used for quiet time, one-to-one learning, sensory learning and after school clubs, will have a woodland theme.
ELeather, in Peterborough, has stepped in to donate its composite leather upholstery for the seats.
The environmentally-friendly material will be configured in colours inspired by nature to suit the vehicle's new role, and ensures the children have a comfortable and clean environment to enjoy.
Nicola Rapley, marketing communications manager, said: "This is an amazing project and one we are delighted to support.
"We look forward to helping enhance what promises to be a stimulating learning zone."
Headteacher Rebecca Mills said the Library Bus was the most ambitious and exciting project yet.
"Reading not only helps children to discover new vocabulary and understand new information and concepts - invaluable to learning - it also opens up a whole world of ideas, stories and opportunities.
"The Library Bus will be an invaluable asset for the whole school."
Baston CofE Primary School committee is now sourcing additional funding and trades people to help renovate the vehicle.
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