The Howell Public Schools Highlander Reading Express, a custom mobile library, is ready to hit the road for its second summer of promoting reading. Starting on Tuesday, June 11 and running through Thursday, August 15 the Highlander Reading Express will travel weekly route to various locations around the district. In addition to its weekly route, the Highlander Reading Express will also be at special events such as The Michigan Challenge Balloon Festival and the Howell Melon Festival. Each week, different principals, teachers, and staff members will be on the Highlander Reading Express to help students check out books, and to read with students.
“We are so excited for our second summer with the Highlander Reading Express. Last year we checked out more than 1,000 books and saw an increase in the average reading level of the students who visited the bus on a consistent basis,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent. “We are hopeful that this summer we will have an even bigger impact on combating the “summer slide,” which is the loss of academic skills over the summer months. The Highlander Reading Express would not be possible without our amazing teachers, administrators, and staff members who volunteer their time over the summer to drive the Highlander Reading Express and to be at the various stops to read with students and help them check out books.”
The Highlander Reading Express is funded entirely through grants and donations from community partners. The Howell Carnegie District Library has been a strong supporter of the initiative and for the second year in a row received a Library of Michigan Public Library Services Grant to purchase materials for the Highlander Reading Express.
To learn more about The Highlander Reading Express or to view its weekly route, please visit HowellSchools.com/BookBus.