Gus the Bus delivers first graduates

Staff Report
Photos by Mike McKibbin/Citizen Telegram
Family members of children in the Gus the Bus program listen to the program at Rifle’s Centennial Park.
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Preschoolers who enrolled in the Gus the Bus program in Rifle, Silt and New Castle this past school year and their families gathered in Rifle’s Centennial Park on June 20 to celebrate their success.

The highlight was the youngsters singing three songs, despite several glitches with the recorded music.

Gus the Bus is a modified school bus that serves as a preschool classroom with six learning centers, a classroom gathering space, heat, air conditioning and a children’s potty and sink. The bus visits neighborhoods in the three municipalities for children who do not have access to licensed preschool programs.

Gus the Bus is a partnership project of the Aspen Community Foundation’s Cradle to Career initiative and Garfield School District Re-2. A second bus is scheduled to be added to the program this fall.

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