Petersburg unveils school bus with internet café, mobile library

Petersburg unveils school bus with internet café, mobile library
Administrators at Petersburg City Public Schools unveiled a new "Wave" bus during an event on Friday. (Source: Petersburg City Public Schools)

PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - Petersburg City Public Schools unveiled on Friday a retrofitted school bus that will serve as a mobile resource center for families in the district.

The “Wave” bus will serve as a mobile library, career center, resource distribution center, information hub and internet café, according to a release from the school district. Officials say the bus will be part of events held by churches, nonprofits, apartment complexes, neighborhoods and local governments.

The bus is equipped with two laptops, a selection of library books, and an iPad offering digital versions of national and local print publications.

Petersburg City Public Schools released photos of the district's mobile library and resource center.
Petersburg City Public Schools released photos of the district's mobile library and resource center. (Source: Petersburg City Public Schools)

Visitors will have the ability to check out books, print and fax documents, register for library cards, and connect to WiFi that extends to anyone within 300 feet of the bus.

“We are so excited to launch The PCPS Wave bus and the direct service and support it will provide,” said Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, superintendent of Petersburg schools. “The PCPS Wave bus will go where our families are, and it will facilitate a higher level of engagement with students and families we serve.”

Petersburg Public Library was included in a group of 20 libraries in Virginia that was awarded a CARES subgrant worth $36,000.

Petersburg schools joined school board members and local officials to formally introduce the bus during an event on May 13 at 12 p.m.

For more information on the Wave bus, contact Chief Student Advancement Officer Pam Bell at pabell@petersburg.k12.va.us.

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