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‘Magic Bus’ rolls to get Vail Valley kids ready

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyFrom left-to-right: Susie Davis (The Youth Foundation), John Garnsey (Vail Resorts), Ceil Folz (Vail Valley Foundation) Tony O'Rourke (Beaver Creek Resort Company) and Murphy celebrate the launch of the Vail Valley's second Magic Bus, a pre-kindergarten classrom that will travel to kids around the county

VAIL – The wheels are about to begin turning on the Vail Valley’s second mobile pre-kindergarten classroom.

The second “Magic Bus” will be another 18-passenger people mover that served as part of the Beaver Creek Resort Company’s transportation fleet. The seats were removed and the interior turned into a mobile classroom, complete with plasma screens for video and computer monitoring, work and reading space and storage for books and equipment.

“Research into school success shows a direct link to the preparation that young children receive from the time they are born until they enter kindergarten,” explained Jean McSpadden, director of education for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Young children who have the opportunity to engage in stimulating cognitive activities and nurturing social-emotional relationships are already ahead of their peers when they enter kindergarten.”

“Studies have proven that for every pre-kindergarten dollar that is spent on our children,” McSpadden continued, “we save up to $17 over time in areas such as special education, health care and social services.”

The Magic Bus program is funded by the Vail Valley Foundation and facilitated by the Youth Foundation. The second Magic Bus was retrofitted with a grant from Vail Resorts.

When the Vail Valley Foundation launched the Magic Bus program in the late 1990s, it consisted of a mobile library that visited preschools throughout the valley in an effort to increase the literacy rates for Eagle County children. The program was revamped to focus on pre-kindergarten readiness in 2006.

For additional information on the Magic Bus program, contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 970- 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org

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