Vision Statement: B. Reading, B. Active: Catch the Buzz
Mission Statement: To reach students throughout Barry County providing access to summer reading and active learning.
The B. Bus, owned by the YMCA of Barry County, is operated through a collaboration between the Y, Delton-Kellogg Schools, Hastings Area School System, Thornapple Kellogg Schools, and Hastings Public Library. Our team is on a mission to keep Barry County kids and families reading all summer. It is proven that students who do not read during the summer lose months of learning, and teachers spend several weeks in review at the beginning of each school year. Our goal is to reduce this learning loss by creating a fun, reading environment.
The B. Bus will visit neighborhoods throughout the county on specific days during the summer, Monday-Thursday. At stops, participants will have the opportunity to checkout books, listen to stories, and engage in activities. Fridays are reserved for family fun days to be held in local parks central to the three school districts listed.