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BCS, Partners Serve Students in Summer
BCS, Partners Serve Students in Summer
Posted on 07/12/2018
A BCS Bookmobile staff member helps a girl check out a book.BCS Communications Department

Buncombe County Schools and our community partners are determined to provide services to children even in the middle of summer.

From free summer meals to a rolling library to mobile art classes, we’re on a mission to keep minds sharp and engaged. At several sites around the county, services come together in the same place at the same time to empower the community and prepare children for their tomorrow. Here are the details:


The Bookmobile is a free program featuring fun activities geared toward kids from pre-K through elementary school with story time, singing, arts and crafts, and more. Children can choose books to check out from our library and earn prizes for weekly attendance from our treasure chest.

We encourage parents to come on board the Bookmobile and help their child in pick out the appropriate book that is on her reading level (as determined by the classroom teacher). Students are encouraged to pick a book on their level or maybe a level above if they feel confident in doing so.

After the child finds an appropriate book, our staff members scan it and check it out from the Bookmobile library so the child can take it home. The Bookmobile allows students to stay in the comfort of their homes and neighborhoods and have appropriate literacy brought to them while furthering their reading education with family participation.

“I feel that reading is a skill that needs to be loved by the student, which will impact all other areas of learning,” said Bookmobile Coordinator and Driver Pricilla Lunsford. “If I can be just a small part that can help make a child love to open a book, then this will open so many doors into this child's life. Everything starts with the love of reading, and I am blessed to have a part in the future of our children.”

See the Bookmobile dates and locations.

LEAF Easel Rider staff members pose beside their van.EASEL RIDER IN DEAVERVIEW

The LEAF community arts nonprofit has teamed up with the City of Asheville’s Parks and Recreation Dvision, the Deaverview Community Association, and BCS for Summer Meals & Wheels, featuring LEAF Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab.

Easel Rider will bring summertime art education to the Deaverview Community for five sessions in July (the next three are July 16, 23, and 30).

The colorful van is full of art supplies and fun activities, said LEAF Community Event Coordinator Marsha Almodovar. Kids get to paint, make rain sticks and noise makers, build dolls out of pipe cleaners, and make other crafts to take home and enjoy.

“It’s a fun way for children to express themselves,” Almodovar said. “And that expression opens their world to possibilities and their minds to learning.”

Find out more at

2018 Free Summer Meals in Buncombe County.FREE SUMMER MEALS

Your community schools and the YMCA serve children during the summer at designated sites throughout the county through the Summer Meals Program.

Buncombe County Schools, Asheville City Schools, and the Y serve lunch, and sometimes breakfast, for free to any child 18 and younger. The sites are situated in community centers and neighborhoods so we can reach as many kids as possible.

The Rolling to Feed bus will deliver appetizing and nutritious meals to children who can’t reach our SMP feeding sites. Thanks to our local partners, including the Buncombe County Schools Foundation, Park Ridge Health, Abbott Construction, CarePartners Foundation, and Cheadle’s Art&Sign.

See summer feeding sites and times.

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