A University of South Carolina program that buses students around the state to read to kids is getting new wheels.
The university officially rolled out a new 22-passenger bus for the Cocky’s Reading Express literacy program Tuesday outside the Russell House University Union. The bus was purchased with a $75,000 donation from the oil company BP and will be used to help get undergrads and the school’s mascot, Cocky, into classrooms at disadvantaged schools across the state with books in tow.
Kim Jeffcoat, the executive director of the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, said that she hopes the new bus will increase USC student participation in the program, which was started in 2005.
“The Cocky’s Reading Express bus will enhance the program’s success and enable more students, even entire sports teams or University 101 classes, to volunteer,” she said.
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Since the program was created in 2005, volunteers have made nearly 237 visits to schools, and handed out 39,412 books to kids.