Manchester School Bus Set to Be Transformed into an Outside Library

Manchester School Bus Set to Be Transformed into an Outside Library
11-year-old Mia Goodison and 11-year-old Louie Williams-Manby in front of the Yellow School Bus.Transport for Greater Manchester

Pupils at a Tameside primary school are one step closer to getting their own library thanks to the generous donation of a Yellow School Bus by Transport for Greater Manchester.

Pupils at a Tameside primary school are one step closer to getting their own library thanks to the donation of a Yellow School Bus.

Transport for Greater Manchester donated the bus to Greswell Primary School in Denton after receiving a letter from two pupils, 11-year-old Mia Goodison and 11-year-old Louie Williams-Manby.

In her letter Mia asked for a bus that could be revamped into an outside library, saying it “would encourage more and more children to read.” Louie said the bus would enable them to have “more choice of books and more room.”

Councillor Doreen Dickinson, Vice-Chair of the TfGM Committee, attended the school on Thursday 26th July 2018 to hand over the bus to schoolchildren and teachers.

The donated Yellow School Bus had recently been decommissioned from the fleet. Greswell Primary School is now applying for National Lottery funding to transform it into an outside library that would serve not only the school but the wider community.

Councillor Dickinson said: “Greater Manchester’s Yellow School Buses are a superb service that make sure thousands of children can get to school every day cheaply, safely and securely. So it’s fitting that, now its life on the road has come to an end, this one will continue to support children by becoming a library.

“This is a great example of how TfGM is not only committed to creating better public transport, but also to ensuring our young people can access the resources they need to get the best possible start in life.”

John Cooper, Head of Greswell Primary School, said: “As a school, we’ve worked extremely hard to raise the profile of reading and instil a real love of reading in our children.

“As part of our development, we’re passionate about creating a reading area that inspires the children and can be used throughout the year by our pupils and the community.

“This donation from TfGM is the biggest step on our journey and we are all extremely appreciative of the support they’ve given us. In the near future, we’ll have a library bus, which will motivate future generations of readers and authors.

“Due to the school budget, without the donation from TfGM, this project would have remained a pipe dream for many years.”

Yellow School Buses are a service provided by TfGM for secondary school children in Greater Manchester. They are easy to spot, alerting road users that children will be getting on and off and offer a guaranteed seat and a regular driver.

Applications are now being accepted on a first come, first served basis for Yellow School Buses for the next school year online. Anyone without internet access can call 0161 244 1000 to apply.

Pick-up and drop off points for children are usually close to home and always in a safe place, offering additional peace of mind.

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