The University of South Carolina’s outreach program Cocky’s Reading Express, which brings books to children around the state in order to increase literacy rates, introduce a new colorful bus Tuesday.
The Cocky’s Reading Express Bus was secured through funds donated by the BP Corporation, which has a long history of donation to the university.
USC President Harris Pastides says the new bus will enable the university to continue its program to bring the wonders of reading to children, and will also help replace the state minivans currently used by the program.
“Already Cocky’s Reading Express, this is a big number, has made 237 visits to 33 schools in 46 counties across the state in the past 7 years,” Pastides said Tuesday.
The new bus also includes TV screens and DVD players to show literacy training videos. It also has an interior Wi-Fi service.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Tom Hayes and Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report.