• Alert: Betsy Book Bus is back on the road July 10-12, 17-19 https://bit.ly/2MpRdEZ
Close alert

Betsy Book Bus

The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation promotes early literacy efforts across the state of Tennessee by supporting and sustaining Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in all 95 counties. In Summer 2018, GBBF is partnering with three school systems in Northeast Tennessee to promote expanded engagement around books by launching summer book buses. Elizabethton City Schools will offer the Betsy Book Bus program in Elizabethton in Summer 2018 and for years to come as part of this initiative. The purpose of the program is to improve literacy outcomes in Elizabethton. 

Without exposure to rich texts throughout the summer, many students fall behind academically. We want to level the playing field for these students and work as a state to m
eet the Read to Be Ready literacy goal of 75 percent of third grade students being proficient in reading by 2025.
GBBF, through an Appalachian Regional Commission Grant, is providing partial funding to launch these buses. ECS donated the bus and labor to outfit the interior, but we are depending on local sponsors to help us reach our goal. The total cost of the program for staff and materials to outfit the bus in the first year is nearly $20,000 . The program began in June 2018 with Director Carla Whiles, Teacher Brandie Maness and Teacher Tammy Markland.

Look for our yard signs at each stop! You do not have to live in the neighborhood to visit, just visit the closest stop to your home!

July 10
July 17

July 11
July 18

July 12
July 19

Noon - West Side Christian Church

Noon - G St. Apts.
at McArthur St.

Noon - South Hills
Housing Community

1 p.m. - East Side Elementary

1 p.m. - Rolling Hills
Housing Community
1 p.m. - Harold McCormick
Elementary (Extended
School Program)

2 p.m. - Lynn Ridge/ 
Lynn Wood Apts.

2 p.m. - ECS Central Office

2:00 p.m. - Boys & Girls
Club Parking Lot

2018 Sponsors

In order to outfit the bus and and staff the summer program, program organizers estimate the total first year cost to be about $17,012. Subsequent summer programs should cost approximately $10,000 or less. In order to air condition the bus, the 2018 Summer Program is still in need of aobut $1,000. If you are interested in supporting this program or learning more about sponsor recognition, please contact Bekah Price at 423-547-8000 X 8210. All funds received will be placed in a designated account for the Betsy Book Bus. 

Thank you sponsors!

Academy Sports + Outdoors Logo
Governor's Books from Birth Foundation    ARC Logo    TCAT Elizabethton Logo
Niswonger Children's Hospital LogoNECCU LogoCitizens Bank LogoNiswonger Foundation Logo
      Carter County Bank Logo      FTDD logo

 Kiwanis Logo   Appalachian Family Dentistry logo      West Side PTAC     T. A. Dugger PTAC

Book Drive 

A 2018 book drive took place in Elizabethton schools, which yielded more than 14,700 books. Thanks to everyone who donated to make this possible!