Queensbury Union Free School District is taking learning on tour this summer.
The district will be rolling its blue Q-munity bus into Queensbury neighborhoods throughout the summer months to facilitate strong partnerships between the school and its families through engaging educational and family-friendly events.
“Our goal was to ensure that the community understands that the school district cares about them,” said Superintendent of Schools Kyle Gannon. “Our administrative team has worked hard to put together fun-filled and educational opportunities for any Queensbury community member that stops by.”
The repurposed school bus is equipped with state-of-the-art furnishings, white boards with dry erase markers, OSMO tablets that merge tactile exploration with innovative technology, and hands-on learning materials for number and math learning. The bus also has Wi-Fi, a TV with an HDMI cable, a Chromebook, a microphone and surround sound system, Ozobots, Spheros, giant Jenga, arts and crafts, and a supply basket.
The program will kick off at 1 p.m. Friday, July 7 at Hovey Pond, where Queensbury Elementary School administrators will host a book giveaway and a read-aloud with a scavenger hunt. Students who attend will enjoy fruit cups and popsicles.
This pop-up program is meant to encourage students to practice their reading and math facts during the summer months. Elementary students are also invited to participate in the QES Summer Reading and Math BINGOALS Challenge. Students can use the BINGOALS Summer Chart they received on the last day of school to track their reading and math skills practice.
The second event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 10 at the Homestead Village neighborhood off Luzerne Road. Gannon and the assistant superintendents will offer STEM activities, outdoor games and popsicles.
More events are planned throughout July and August in different neighborhoods — including Forest Park and Montcalm Apartments — as well as Jenkinsville Park.