Parent Resource Van Rolls

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

It helps to accelerate your child's learning by getting parents more involved and the wheels don't stop there.

For four days a week, the Parent Resource Van is the most popular after school ride in the Staunton School District.

"I think the world has gotten out about us and people are really coming to see what we have," says the van's coordinator, Jan Chase.

And that's a whole bunch of books and other cool things, making learning fun for elementary students.

"Having the resource van makes it much easier for us to get books for him to read and to meet his interest because they change so frequently," says parent Ron Lowman.

And what interest wouldn't be sparked by puppet books. It's one the whole family can enjoy.

"Well, you just act it out," says Lowman's son David, a student at McSwain Elementary. "Then you have to do it like the book does."

"He finds books more interesting most times than TV," adds his father. "He likes to sit down and read. It's almost a ritual."

But its services don't stop there.

"Then we move to a community site that we can target especially those people that don't have the ability to get to the library on a regular basis and offer them resources that they wouldn't normally have," says Chase.

Such as help with reading and math, and an outlet to be productive, not a problem.

"They don't have a lot going on in the afternoon and so we offer them something that's not getting them in trouble," adds Chase jokingly.

You can find vans similar to this in your area. Waynesboro and Harrisonburg also provide this service.


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