Kids in Vidor are getting a helping hand from some humanitarians in a big green bus.
It's all part of a program called "Read and Feed", started about 2 years ago by the Vidor Rotary Club.
Every Wednesday during the summer, the bus visits four different locations at low-income areas of Vidor. The program's goal is to encourage summer reading for kids who might not have transportation to the library. The bus has about 2,500 books, mostly donations, for kids of all ages. It's called "Read and Feed" because the kids also get a sack lunch before they go. When the bus rolls into their neighborhood, the kids come running towards it.
"That's probably my favorite part, is just seeing the excitement on their faces, to know that somebody's coming to bring them a treat, and they're bringing something to read, it's really fun to see the excitement for learning coming from these kids," said Sally Andrews, kickstarted the program 2 years ago.
The kids are allowed to take two books at a time and get a treat if they return them the next week. But if they feel like keeping the books, that's fine too. Volunteers say they have about 5,000 more stored away.
The bookmobile will continue its rounds up until Wednesday, August 20, the Wednesday before school starts. It will still make trips on certain weekday evenings during the school year.
The bus typically stops at the Waterfall Apartments on Vidor Drive at noon, the apartments on Orange Street past Vidor High School at 12:15, the trailer park on the feeder road near Gould Park and Community Center at 12:30, and at Twelve Oaks Apartments on Highway 12 at 12:45.