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Wayne Post
  • Explor-A-Bus would bring a museum to the neighborhood

  • Palmyra-Macedon Primary School wants to put a “school on wheels.” But they need your votes to do it.



    The school is among the top 200 finalists for a $25,000 grant, offered through State Farm, to bring the Explor-A-Bus to neighborhoods throughout the Pal-Mac School District.

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  • Palmyra-Macedon Primary School wants to put a “school on wheels.” But they need your votes to do it.
    The school is among the top 200 finalists for a $25,000 grant, offered through State Farm, to bring the Explor-A-Bus to neighborhoods throughout the Pal-Mac School District.
    “It’s like bringing the museum to the child,” said teacher Marcy Tilson. “The grant is pivotal. It will allow us to take enriching learning experiences to neighborhoods in the community.”
    The finalists must now work to gain as many votes as they can. The top 40 causes will receive $25,000, Tilson said. With or without the grant, the Explor-A-Bus will come to fruition, but Tilson said with the grant funding they can do so much more much sooner. All they need is for the community and surrounding communities to vote. Voting is done through Facebook and each person can vote up to 10 times a day.
    Tilson said her long-term hope is that the bus will become a prototype concept for the entire region that other communities can model their own bus after.
    “You will leave the bus knowing something you didn’t know before,” Tilson said.
    The idea for the Explor-A-Bus was born a little over a year ago from a need by teachers and Principal Brian Brooks for an extra learning space. The concept blossomed into a bus that will be transformed into something like Joanna Cole’s “The Magic Bus” children’s book series. The interior of the bus will be remodeled to include comfortable seating, cupboards and counter space. The exterior of the bus will be shrink-wrapped with the Explor-A-Bus logo.
    Each month, the bus will have a new theme, such as the rain forest, rock studies, space, seeds and plants or Canaltown Days activities. Tilson is working on developing the first theme for the bus at its debut at the Wayne County Fair in August. Plans are not complete, but Tilson will say the first theme will be book related.
    “Maybe we will choose the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’” she said, “and when you step into the bus, it will be like stepping inside that book.”
    The possibilities are endless, Tilson said, but in the end, the bus will allow the school to share some piece of knowledge with the entire community.
    Now they just need your votes. Voting begins today and runs through April 22. Just click on the link here www.state-assist.com/cause/4168/explor-a-bus to vote for the Pal-Mac Primary School.
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