2018-06-10 / News

Chesaning introduces the Big Rockin’ Book Bus

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter


Inside the book bus are hundreds of books, primarily geared for students from preschool through 12th grade. Inside the book bus are hundreds of books, primarily geared for students from preschool through 12th grade. On June 5, Chesaning Union Schools rolled out the Big Rockin’ Book Bus, a mobile library servicing the Chesaning school district with books for all ages. The book bus will have a set schedule of stops throughout the district. The route begins Tuesday, June 19.

During the last week of school, the book bus will be visiting Chesaning High School on June 11, Chesaning Middle School on June 12, and Big Rock Elementary School on June 13. The book bus is geared for students from preschool through 12th grade.

The Big Rockin’ Book Bus is a refurbished school bus that had been retired from Chesaning’s fleet. In addition to book racks and a milk cooler, the bus has air conditioning to keep it a comfortable place for readers to hangout during the warm summer months.

The book bus project was spearheaded by Big Rock literacy coach Michelle Schroeder. She wanted to make books more readily accessible to all students during the summer months. Many students in the Chesaning school district live in rural areas, far from traditional libraries. Schroeder earned her commercial driver’s license so she could drive the bus, making books more accessible to students throughout the summer.


Big Rock Elementary School literacy coach Michelle Schroeder will be driving the Big Rockin’ Book Bus this summer; bringing books and free lunches for children to several stops in the Chesaning Union School District. Just like a library, kids of all ages will be able to check out books. 
Photos by Jeanne Marcello Big Rock Elementary School literacy coach Michelle Schroeder will be driving the Big Rockin’ Book Bus this summer; bringing books and free lunches for children to several stops in the Chesaning Union School District. Just like a library, kids of all ages will be able to check out books. Photos by Jeanne Marcello Chesaning schools participate in the free student summer lunch program. With the book bus out in the community, the school district will be able to provide free healthy sack lunches for children visiting the bus during its weekly stops. The free lunch program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Early in the project, Schroeder reached out to the agent of Mo Willems, author of the popular children’s book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” Willems created artwork specially designed for the sides of the bus at no cost to the school district. He also posted the result on his Twitter account.

Schroeder talked about the many contributors who made the book bus possible. The Chesaning School Board was very supportive of the book bus project. Chesaning mom Lori Trumble, who works for Tri-Mer Corporation of Owosso, told her supervisor about the book bus, and the company sent a $3,000 check which was used to build the bus interior.

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