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Mini library, resource center on wheels coming to Aransas Pass

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 19:44:33-04

ARANSAS PASS, Texas — A mini library on wheels is coming to the Aransas Pass School District.

It's a bus on a mission to promote literacy within the community and provide additional resources to those still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

When the bus is finished being renovated, it will be stocked with books and even have a small reading area for students of all ages.

"I think it's going to be cool and we can read books on it and have some fun," said Urisity Delapaz, an APISD 5th grade student.

The bus will also be equipped with computers and WiFi so parents can access it as a resource too.

The Red Cross recently gave the district a $200,000 grant, so they're using about $40,000 to transform the bus.

"We're going to rip out everything on the inside," said APISD Superintendent Cara Cooke. "We're going to put down carpet, nice lighting, (and) soft seating.

The bus' theme is super heroes. An Aransas Pass High School art teachers plans to paint artwork of students, parents, and staff in a circle, who are the real super heroes who came together after Hurricane Harvey hit.

"Even two years later, there are still so many families that are trying to rebuild homes and get families back to together," said Cooke.

When it's finished, the bus will be driven to different neighborhoods in the community. It's a way to provide support for a town that still is rebuilding.

"I want to try and help my mom find a house," said Delapez. "I think it's going to help us because we don't have to keep paying for gas to go to the library and get on a computer."

The first stop for the bus will be on July 31, but the interior will not be done.

APISD staff hopes the bus will be completely finished and providing support in the community by October.