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Build a New Bess Today. Create Readers for a Lifetime.

Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy outreach grounded in the principle that literacy is a significant equalizer and indicator of future success. It is committed to giving as many underserved children as it can a fighting chance to succeed by providing access to and choice of books.

Bess’ mission was made more challenging in 2020 as schools shut down and COVID health protocols became the new norm. We had to reevaluate the very fabric of how Bess delivered its programs and envision new possibilities. It has not been easy to reach our children, but we succeeded in distributing more books than any year prior. However, our approach has reached a tipping point and your help is needed to keep Bess moving into the future.

The current Bess is no longer able to provide reliable transport to schools nationwide as it has logged over 240K miles in the past nine years and its maintenance costs have become prohibitive. In addition, we must adapt how we distribute books on site to incorporate health and safety measures while still providing choice. The bottom line is that we must replace our vehicle this year or Bess will no longer be able to continue its current outreach.

The total cost for the new bus is $115,000* and we need your financial support to make this fundraising target a reality. Every dollar brings us closer to our goal of keeping Bess the Book Bus on the road to building lifelong readers. Thank you not only for your donation but also for encouraging your network to donate.

*The total replacement cost is $115,000, of which we have been given a generous seed donation of $50,000 toward the purchase and build, provided we are able to raise the remaining $65,000 and have the new vehicle on the road in 2021.

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