About The Reading Road Show
The Reading Road Show is a literacy program that serves the areas of Harrisonburg, Rockingham, and Page County through two mobile literacy vehicles, affectionately known as the Gus Bus. These vehicles visit low-income neighborhoods and schools to provide story time, activities, and book checkout for children of all ages. The Gus Bus also serves the community as the contact point for information on resources available to families.
How does the Reading Road Show serve our community?
- Provides foodbags with book checkout through the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank's BackPack Program.
- Collaborates with other agencies to provide opportunities for families in the community.
- Attends a variety of community events that support and celebrate children and families.
- Acts as a resource for community members by providing information on services and events.
- Provides a wealth of opportunities for older youth and university students to volunteer in their community.
- Children visited the Gus Bus approximately 5,370 times at neighborhood stops!
- Over 200 individual children visit the Gus Bus regularly in their neighborhoods or schools!
- The Gus Bus served 27 neighborhoods and direct service sites!
- Over 5,000 food bags were distribute from the Gus Bus to local families!
Ways You Can Help The Reading Road Show:
- Give a monetary gift to support the program
- Volunteer your time on the Gus Bus (contact Natalie Duda at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about volunteer opportunities)
- Assist with our fundraisers and events in the community
- Donate new or gently-loved books for checkout or to give to children in our neighborhoods
- Attend our events and celebrations that support families and literacy
- Tell your friends and neighbors how the Reading Road Show serves our community