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A new route to reading

Posted: 11 Nov 2019

Students at Haute Vallée in Jersey have been driving forward literacy with a quirky library that used to transport thousands of students to and from school.

The former school bus, registration plate J46598, ferried pupils around the island for 11 years before being decommissioned in 2018 when work began to transform it into a fully fitted school library.

The Minister for Education, Senator Tracey Vallois, said: “This project is just one example of the many creative and impressive ways in which schools engage students in their learning. From designing the interior and exterior of the bus right through to stocking the shelves with books, this project has spanned across the curriculum.”

Nikki Withe, HR, training and community manager for LibertyBus, said that the vehicle had been operating in Jersey as a standard bus since 1994 but became a school bus in 2007.

“We have been delighted to see the bus transformed into something that will be of great benefit to the students at Haute Vallée,” she said. “We want to hear from any other charity or not-for-profit organisations who may be able to re-purpose a bus so that it can still be used by the community even though it has been taken off the roads.”