Bus brings Summer Reading on A Roll


Perquimans County Schools students participate in the schools' Summer Reading on the Roll program.


From staff reports

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Perquimans County school bus transporting teachers and administrators rolled into Wynne Fork Court last week honking loud enough to get the attention of neighborhood residents.

The bus wasn’t there to pick up students for school, but to bring the school to students through Summer Reading on the Roll, a program designed to put books in the hands of children as old as 18.

Perquimans Central Principal Melissa Fields, who organized the event, said the project originated when Susan Nixon from Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start reached out to her about a grant opportunity funded by The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Fields said it didn’t take long to figure out how to use the funds to promote literacy during the summer months. She said that going to the neighborhoods and reading to students promotes strong community ties and helps to build relationships.

Fields said that the bus route this year begins at Wynne Fork Court at 9:30 a.m., next it rolls to Meads Trailer Park at 10:15 a.m., then to Stokes/King Street at 11 a.m. and finally to Perquimans Central School at noon for children in other neighborhoods.

In 2015 Fields spearheaded the Summer Reading and Feeding program, similar to Summer Reading on a Roll. Volunteers rode on a school bus to several neighborhoods, read books to students and provided healthy school lunches. This year all of the children will have story time, receive a free book and a snack and drink, plus have an opportunity to win a door prize courtesy of Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Fields said that the Summer Reading on the Roll program is off to a great start.

“I was overwhelmed by the turnout. It is exciting that we had 50 participants this time,” she said. “That means that we put a book in the hand of 50 kids.”

Fields attributed the success to community partners, Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start, Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the five volunteers who assisted with first outing. She said the bus will continue to roll every Tuesday until Aug. 14.