This week, Jenison Pinewood elementary families experienced a fun delivery right in their own neighborhood. Something even more sweet than the summer ice cream trucks! Pinewood Principal, Dr. Rachael Postle-Brown and others from her staff hopped on the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Book Bike. They took turns pedaling around the Pinewood neighborhood, having a great time passing out free books and smiles!
Keeping our students engaged and learning year round is so important and having access to high quality books is crucial for kids to continue reading, especially when they have been out of school for so long.
Pinewood Elementary already has a free mini library in front of the building that is stocked for families to visit, but the Book Bike was sure to add even more excitement. Bringing the books to students in this unique way also gave the opportunity for staff to see many students, share a book and a friendly hello in a safe and socially distanced way.
Between yesterday evening and this morning, they spent about 4 hours riding through the neighborhood visiting families and students, passing out books and smiles!
The Pinewood Student Council works to raise money to provide school wide book shopping days for all students a few times a year. With the shorter in-person school year, they had plenty of great books ready to be loaded into the Book Bike. The Pinewood student council teachers, Mrs. U’Ren and Mrs. Carpenter pick out and order the books ensuring they have popular titles for all ages.
Dr. Brown (right) was really excited to try this experience when one of her teachers suggested it, “It’s been very difficult to not see our students for this extended break, this was a really great way to be able to bring our community together in a way that was safe for everyone. We distributed just under 100 books! Which was great for our first ride with the Book Bike. “
I’m so grateful for all our Jenison Staff as they have been relentlessly encouraging their students to stay sharp over the summer. And parents, thank you for partnering with us to encourage your child to read daily. As little as 15 minutes a day will help them maintain academic skills and develop habits that will benefit them now and in the future.