EdWatch: Book mobile promotes summer reading

By Amy Cherry 8:55am, July 3, 2013 - Updated 10:21am, July 3, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.
School's out for the summer, but that doesn't mean learning needs to come to a halt.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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The wheels on the book mobile bus go round and round, and that's the way teachers and parents want kids' brains to work all summer long.

"During the summer you lose up to two months of the education that you learned."

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That's why Appoquinimink High School graduate Kaitlyn Guza organized the summertime Words on Wheels book mobile for her senior project.

"The goal is just to get kids to want to love to read and it gives them something to do during the summer," she says.

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Something that isn't video games. Children who stop by the one of the five locations July 3rd and 17th get two free books and a popsicle.

"Sometimes people can't afford books. They're really expensive. My Dad tells me I'm not allowed to get them when they're hard cover, so we just want people to love to read without having the expense of it," she says.

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Their first day last week was a total success.

"They're so cute. Just to see the smile on their face when we pull up, you see cars parked before we get here, it's great, it's amazing to see how much they love it," Guza says./

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Eight-year-old Dylan Albright picked out her books.

"I got 'Noah and the Arc' because my brother's name is Noah,

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Pokemon because I like all the pictures in it," she says.

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And while these kids love reading, the ice cold treat is an incentive too....

"Popsicles!" says Albright with a smile.

"So you like the popsicles more than the books?" I asked.

"Mm hmm because it's so hot," she says.

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Words on Wheels is looking for help from local businesses in the Middletown area to pimp their ride so their van looks more like a book mobile!

"We would actually like to get it painted and spruced up a little bit to make it an actual Words on Wheels Book Mobile for Silver Lake Elementary School. So we're hoping for some local businesses to maybe grab on for some sponsorship and see what we can do to get it spruced up," says Jodie Klein, the library at Silver Lake Elementary School, who says attendance to the Words on Wheels Book Mobile has grown by 400-percent over the years.

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The Words on Wheels Bookmobile will make the following stops on July 3rd and July 17th:

· Townsend Fire Hall parking lot from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

· Middletown Village Playground from 2:40-3:15 p.m.

· Dale Methodist Church parking lot from 3:30-4:00 p.m.

· Silver Lake Park in front of our school from 4:05-4:30 p.m.

On July 3rd, catch We Kids Rock at the book mobile's last stop at Silver Lake Park stop.

On July 17th, check out University of Delaware children's author David Teague.

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