Five-Minute Marvels: A £39,000 ticket to the Library Bus
It’s all aboard Baston’s new Library Bus! After their incredible fundraising efforts, we caught up with the Baston School PTA to learn how the project came about.
Who are they?
Baston C of E Primary is a small, one form entry village school, which had grown to the point of bursting at the seams. The building was originally designed for almost half the number of children on the register, so facilities like the library are far too small. We spoke to Lucy Hartley, a committee member of the Barton School PTA, who explained how the school realised the ideal solution: a moveable space in the form of a library bus!
What did they do?
“In October 2018, our PTA Chair, Emma, approached Stagecoach East Midlands who very kindly offered to supply the school with a double decker bus, which had been taken out of service. Not only were we giving the bus a new lease of life, but it was going to be put to great use, as we had exciting plans to renovate it into a large and exciting library, as well as using it for other activities such as a book club and SATS revision hub.”
How did it go?
In less than 12 months since the idea was discussed, the bus transformation was complete, and it was transported to its permanent home in the school grounds. The PTA’s village book amnesty has got things off to a good start, with almost 1000 books already in the bus.
“There’s a fantastic buzz in school and in the community too. For the children, they’re so excited about going to their library to read books – and it really has been wonderful to see the vehicle’s transformation into a creative space crammed with reading material for everyone to enjoy.”
With thanks to Lucy Hartley of the Barton School PTA
Want to make your own marvel? Fundraising to make big changes for your school community?
- Get out into the community! Barton School PTA worked hard seeking supportive local businesses and grant opportunities, and you can do the same
- Use social media to your advantage – it really helps to spread awareness, and get people involved
- Everyone in your PTA and school community will have skills and knowledge that they may be able to contribute to your projects – get to know them, and don’t be afraid to ask for their support