Beverly Book Mobile spreads joy

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns David Ricottilli, left, and Neal McDermott work on renovating the Beverly Book Mobile recently.

BEVERLY — Thanks to a collaborative effort between the community and local educators, young learners in Randolph County will be able to enjoy stimulating learning activities in a unique environment this summer.

For the third summer, the Beverly Book Mobile will be traveling around Beverly and the surrounding areas to deliver fun learning opportunities to students during their summer vacation.

Starting Tuesday, students and families are invited to enjoy science, mathematics and reading activities in addition to receiving other family resources. Both students and adults may check out books ranging from infant to adult literature.

“Lessons will be provided at various stops along the route by volunteers including Wonder and Grow, West Virginia University Extension and Department of Environmental Protection,” Kara Parrack, Beverly school counselor, explained.

In addition, youngsters may also enjoy other activities and giveaways – such as sunscreen, bike helmet and water bottle giveaways and activities including a farmers market — through June and July when the Beverly Book Mobile visits their neighborhood.

Lucy Godwin, fourth/fifth grade teacher explained a school bus was acquired from Randolph County Schools. Volunteers and local students were able to transform the bus into the Beverly Book Mobile through a number of renovations — including book shelves and work stations as well as a fresh coat of paint with artwork completed by students with direction and assistance from Ralph Currence and Becky Severino.

Furthermore, Godwin noted renovations were made by students from the Randolph Technical Center as well Andy Swecker, Neal McDermott and David Ricottilli.

Stops for the Beverly Book Mobile summer schedule include the following:

2 p.m. – Beverly Heritage Center for history and reading activities

2:30 p.m. – Beaver Creek

3:00 p.m. – Fast Break

3:20 p.m. – Burgess

3:40 p.m. – Camp Pioneer pavilion for science and reading activities

4:00 p.m. – Files Creek (Lewnaker Drive)

4:20 p.m. – Beverly Manor for reading and math activities

4:40 p.m. – Pineview

5:00 p.m. – Canterbury for reading and math activities

5:20 p.m. – Beverly Elementary

Stops will be made on the following Tuesdays: June 18 and 25; July 2, 9, 23 and 30.

All work recently completed to make the Book mobile possible was made possible by a number of grants and donations from the community, according to Lucy Godwin, fourth/fifth grade teacher.

A ribbon cutting for the launch of the newly improved Beverly Book Mobile will take place at 1:30 p.m. today at Beverly Elementary School.