(Mustang, Oklahoma – June 1, 2021) – When most people think of “summer” and “slide,” there is a vision of waterparks, suntan lotion, and an overwhelming feeling of fun. However, when educators think of those two terms together, a different vision, one of student learning loss is conjured. Mustang Public Schools is bringing back their inventive program to help prevent the summer slide of learning; it is called the Mustang Bronco Bus.
The labor of love for Mustang Public Schools’ Director of Elementary Curriculum, Misty Eidson and Director of Secondary Curriculum, Robbyn Glinsmann, the Bronco Bus is a mobile literacy station that will travel the District/City throughout June and July offering free books, fun games, guest readers, and STEM activities to engage children of all ages.
“The bus (which premiered today) was a huge hit,” said Glinsmann. In the first stop at Riverwood Elementary School, the bus served over 20 students and featured guest readers from the Riverwood staff. Each stop throughout the summer will feature 1-3 guest/celebrity readers. “We checked out over 50 books to students, and several just came to enjoy the games and activities,” Glinsmann added.
“We are so proud of our community for helping make this project a reality. The research shows that if students have access to 12-15 books over the summer, the loss of learning over the two month break can be minimized or even overcome. This is our way to help get books into the hands of kids,” said Eidson.
Bronco Bus schedule for the rest of the Summer: JUNE & JULY
For more information about “Summer Slide” see: http://bit.ly/2QH0hb0 or http://bit.ly/317F7I2.
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers 69 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 certified and support employees. Voted one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces for the past two years, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.
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