Washington County School District Rolls out a School Bus Full of Books

Washington County’s refurbished school bus gives students access to reading during the summer. (Photo courtesy of Herald & Tribune.)
Washington County’s refurbished school bus gives students access to reading during the summer. (Photo courtesy of Herald & Tribune.)

Washington County School District in Tennessee recently transformed one of its school buses into a rolling library, complete with bookshelves and thousands of books, reported the Herald & Tribune on July 3.

The idea was implemented after a student came up with the idea when he was completing the requirements for his Eagle Scout Badge. The Herald said he wanted to work on a project that focused on more reading opportunities for students.

The sky blue retrofitted school bus is rolling throughout the summer to encourage vacation reading in communities where students might not have access to the public library.

Reading isn’t the only education the bus has provided. In order to make the bus a library, the seats were reportedly removed, and David Crockett High School’s auto body, art and woodworking students performed most of the work. Teachers led the project, but the students carried out most of the building tasks themselves, the Herald said.


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Students painted the body, designed the inside of the bus and made the shelves. To show off the work, the bus will be featured in the Jonesborough Days Parade.

In addition, the school district is reportedly already considering ways to use the school bus during the school year.

Books were donated by the Washington County Library. (Photo Courtesy of the Herald & Tribune.)