The purpose of the Smart Bus is to provide personalized learning opportunities for students anywhere in the community, including at parks or even in their own neighborhoods. The bus includes a collaborative learning space, flexible furniture, supplies, iPads and Wi-Fi for students to access digital tools and resources. The goal of this project is to provide anytime, anywhere learning, so students can reach their full potential to succeed, even when school is out of session.
The Smart Bus was rolled-out to help boost student achievement in 2015. Orchard Lake Elementary teachers met students at the bus to hold 22 summer school classes in their own neighborhood, bringing programming to children who face challenges accessing summer and after-school programs. Classes included literacy, math, a physical activity and an art block.
Thank you to our local sponsors for making the Smart Bus program possible:
- Schmitty & Sons Bus Company
- Kohlnhofer Insurance Agency, Inc.
Companies or individuals interested in helping sponsor the smart bus should contact Marketing/Communications Coordinator, Stephanie Kass at 952-232-2003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.