A cooperative effort between Head Start and the Paducah Area Technical Center has given an old bus a new purpose.
Head Start staff, carpentry and body shop classes from the Paducah Area Vocational School, and community supporters gathered at the Head Start Offices on December 2 to commission a new literacy bus nicknamed "Roadie".
Head Start Director Frances Smith said the vision fo the literacy bus began when she received word that a 1984 "short bus" would be removed from the fleet and retired. Smith asked if she could have the bus in order to create a reading bus.
Smith asked Donald Wann, the director of the PATC, if he could help in refurbishing the bus. Wann agreed to have auto body and carpentry students work on the bus. Over the past year, the bus interior of the bus has been gutted and shelves, tables, and seating have been installed, and the exterior has been re-painted.
Smith's vision is to have the bus stocked with books and travel to area neighborhoods and community events, offering children books and a place to read. She hopes to find community groups that will donate books so children can take them home after reading.
Volunteers are needed to drive the bus and read with children when Roadie goes out to neighborhoods. Smith hopes to take the bus out at least once a week. If you would like to help, you can volunteer by calling the Head Start office at
You can see pictures from ribbon cutting here.