PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- Literacy for life -- that's the motto of a nonprofit organization that gives children learning opportunities in a unique classroom. Bees Learning is approaching one year of tutoring kids on the go.
- Mobile classroom improving literacy of Pinellas County kids
- Bees Learning provides reading lessons to kids
- Program focuses on kids in low performing schools
- Classes are free
Leah Veal founded the organization in September 2017. She tutors children at home and teaches classes inside her mobile classroom. The renovated RV can accommodate 12 students for 90 minute lessons. It's called "We Love Books Mobile Literacy Program."
“We wanted to alleviate many of the barriers that families face when they are seeking extended learning opportunities for their kids," said Veal. “It is all about motivating kids to fight challenges and build their strengths so they really grow socially and emotionally and academically."
Veal brings the RV to locations throughout Pinellas County. Children head onto the RV for a lesson focused on reading. The program focuses on students who attend low performing schools. They can attend the classes for free.
“It focuses on vocabulary development, listening comprehension, and specific reading strategies to build fluent, proficient readers," said Veal.
Right now, about 50 students are benefiting from the program. Veal hopes to double that number.
“The more mobile stops that we can make, the better," said Veal.
Her team is spreading a love for learning, one book at a time.
Bees Learning also offers at home tutoring for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The mobile lesson is for elementary students.