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  • Capital School District to host back-to-school bus tour

  • Capital School District officials will spend Thursday evening getting children and parents excited and ready for the coming school year, with the help of some bright yellow school buses and the Dover High School drum line.
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  • Capital School District officials will spend Thursday evening getting children and parents excited and ready for the coming school year, with the help of some bright yellow school buses and the Dover High School drum line.
    For the third-straight year, Capital officials will hold a districtwide Meet and Greet Bus Tour in which faculty and staff from all schools in the district will board four buses, each of which will head out into the community to meet families and hand out school supply lists.
    “It’s sometimes a rough transition from the end of summer to the beginning of school,” said LaWanda Burgoyne, the district’s assessment and school improvement specialist. “This helps build the excitement, especially for getting back into mindset of ‘I am a Senator.’”
     
    HOW IT STARTED
    The bus tour program was started years ago at the elementary school level, but three years ago the decision was made to make it a districtwide event as a way to reach out to the Capital community as a whole, said Burgoyne, who is spearheading this year’s tour.
    “We want to engage our community and meet people where they live and answer their questions,” she said. “We’re putting a real face on Capital, so that they get to know who their teachers are and their administrators, so that it feels like it’s not just us expecting them to come into our schools. We are out in the community and a part of community.”
    The other purpose of the tour is to give teachers and administrators a chance to see where their students come from and what their families and neighborhoods are like, Burgoyne said.
     
    WHAT’S NEW
    Not much about the program has changed since last year. There will be 24 stops and the Dover High drum line will still be in tow, but some of the stops are new and there will be more door prizes and giveaways.
    One lucky adult will even win a Microsoft Surface tablet, which was provided by Communities In Schools. In addition to giveaways, parents and students will be provided with school supply lists and information about mentoring.
    Diane Bogle, who has coordinated the event in the past, said the students seem to really enjoy seeing their teachers out in the neighborhoods.
    “[The best part is] to see the excitement on the kid’s faces when they see their teacher or principal standing at their door,” she said.
     

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