FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Starting this January, teachers from the John F. Kennedy Center will roam the country in a custom-made Thomas Built school bus teaching middle school children and their teachers about storytelling and digital media, according to Daimler Financial Services.
The idea for the program, dubbed “On Location: Spotlight on Your Community,” grew out of Daimler’s desire to reach out to some of the under-served communities its school buses work in, according to Daimler Financial services spokesman Jack Ferry.
In preparation, Thomas Built Buses, which is owned by Daimler Truck Services of North America, has equipped a new bus with laptops and other digital media production tools. From January until June, the bus will visit 10 schools for about two weeks each. While one instructor shows teachers how to use technology in their classrooms, another specializing in theater will teach students how to tell stories about their communities.
Districts interested in participating, can download an application online. Applications are due by Nov. 5, 2008. Winners will be notified by Dec. 2, 2008.