Book-BusThe Newton County School System (NCSS) Book Bus has been restocked and will hit the road next week to deliver free books for the summer to children in the local community. The NCSS Book Bus will visit the following locations:

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Time Location
9:00 AM Porterdale – In front of Porter Memorial Gymnasium
10:00 AM Riverside Estates Mobile Home & Travel Trailer Park
11:00 AM Housing Authority of the City of Covington (Basketball court)
1:00 PM Magnolia Heights Apartments (In front of leasing office)
2:00 PM Jamestown (2nd Ave & Lee St.)
3:00 PM Wellington Ridge Apartments (In front of leasing office)
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Time Location
9:00 AM Orchard Cove Apartments (In front of leasing office)
10:00 AM Salem Glenn Apartments (In front of leasing office)
1:00 PM Washington Street Community Center
2:00 PM Avery Place Subdivision (In front of tennis court)
3:00 PM Cypress Pointe (245 Cypress Drive)

The NCSS Book Bus has provided over 10,000 books to young children and teenagers in the Newton County community since its inaugural run during the 2015 summer break and the goal is to distribute even more books this year.

“The ability to read is fundamental to a child’s success in school,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “There is a strong correlation between reading and academic success. In addition, reading is fundamental to function in today’s society and it is a vital skill in finding a good job. And of course, reading is fun! We want to promote the love of reading and encourage our students to pick up a good book whenever they can.”

According to Shannon Buff, NCSS Director of Secondary Education, the Book Bus is stocked with a wide variety of books for children from infant to young adult.

“There’s something for everyone,” said Buff. “We have books for toddlers learning their first words to story books for elementary kids and chapter books and novels for the older students.”

She added, “We encourage students to read during the break because research shows that children who do not read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development. The Book Bus offers students a great opportunity to stock up with many exciting books that they don’t have to pay for and never have to return. It’s a great way to build their own personal library.”