Teachers driving education directly to students around Lynchburg, neighboring counties with new mobile classrooms

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — This year, mobile classrooms will be available for the first time in Lynchburg, as well as Bedford and Campbell counties.

It’s a part of the Lynchburg Community Action Group (Lyn-CAG) Children and Family Services Head Start program.

The bus will bring the classroom directly to students. Starting in September, it’ll be accessible to kids ages three to five who have difficulties learning or have families living in or below poverty.

“You have your cars, then you have your blocks, then right here is the sitting area,” Mobile Classroom Coordinator, Duwante Tolbert, said as he gave WFXR News a tour of one of their eight buses.

The buses will be going around, preparing kids and parents for elementary education. There’s room for up to eight students inside of the bus and eight more outside.

“When we start actual class, we’ll have a tent set up. That’ll be our gross motor area, or we like to call it our loud area, so we’ll play music out here, paint,” explained Tolbert.

Tolbert says Lyn-CAG’s funding was cut last year, so it was time to get creative about continuing their educational programs.

“Usually, we’ll have bus drivers and people that’ll pick the kids up and bring them to the school. So since it was cut, our director came up with a great way to find a solution to the problem, o this is our solution, so we’re coming to them,” said Tolbert.

The idea came from Lyn-CAG Director Kathy Banks, who says too many kindergarteners struggle with simple classroom etiquette, like sitting still or taking directions.

“A lot of things that happen in Head Start and other early childhood programs is getting them ready so that when they do go to kindergarten, the teacher can really focus on those academic skills,” explained Banks.

Mobile classrooms will visit communities twice a week for two-hour class sessions. On Fridays, teachers will visit parents or guardians to discuss their child’s progress

“Every family’s needs are different, every child’s needs are different, so this is very individualized in how we’re approaching this,” said Banks.

Registration is open now and will remain open until classes are filled. Those classes will start on Sept. 23.

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