See the Impact: CarbonCorps Launches New Book Buggy for Panther Valley School District Students and Families

Nicole Pollinger, UWGLV CarbonCorps Member, with Robert Palazzo, PVES Principal

Nesquehoning, PA – On Wednesday, July 7, Panther Valley School District families received free books and enjoyed live entertainment at a community event to launch the new Panther Valley Book Buggy.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Panther Valley Elementary School’s (PVES) library was shut down this year. Rob Palazzo, Pleasant Valley Elementary Principal, and Nicole Pollinger, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley CarbonCorps member, brainstormed ways to engage students and families around literacy and the idea of a mobile library was born.

Rob Bennett of Bennett Toyota donated a van to PVES to act as their local library after Nicole reached out about partnering to support literacy and third grade reading goals.

“Literacy is so important that no child should be without. This Book Buggy has provided the opportunity to spread books to all students at their doorsteps,” said Nicole.

The Book Buggy will be out in the community to ensure books are accessible for students and their families to enjoy reading together.

Thank you to Bennett Automotive Group for partnering with the Panther Valley School District to create this venture to promote literacy in the community.

Read more:
Times News Online: Panther Valley Book Buggy grand opening
WNEP: Book Buggy helps promote literacy