Jennifer Frances is live on WIVB with the Wing Tip of the Day. “It’s never to early to start reading to your kids,” Jennifer says.

Bess the Book Bus received a warm welcome on its return to Buffalo. WIVB invited Bess on the air during its live TV broadcast of Winging It! Buffalo Style. Reporter Joe Arena joins Jennifer and Bess in the parking lot to share stories from the 2012 Transitions/VSP Success is in Sight Tour.

“When the community steps in,” Jennifer told Joe during the interview “we can make so much more possible.” Strong community support made the events in Buffalo a huge success. Bess visited the Belle Center, Falk School and West Buffalo Charter School. The events were organized by Larry Bicz of Double Eagle Development. The schools were scheduled with from help from Stacey Lund of WIVB. The hotel lodging was donated by Carl Paladino of Country Inn and Suites and Kevin Verall of Ellicott Development. Warehouse space for book shipments was donated by Bob Fudella of CityMade. The outreach that provided more than 200 children with brand new books was the result of community collaboration.

Liz Sterns of West Buffalo Charter School thinks the books are as good as gold and her students agree. “For some students, it’s the only book that they have,” said Mrs. Sterns. “It’s the onlybook they have ever gotten.”

Pre-K children at the Belle Center sit for a read aloud.

Buffalo didn’t have a drop of rain all summer until Bess the Book Bus came to town. But students at the Falk School didn’t mind. Escorted by umbrellas, they came out two at a time to pick out a brand new book.

You can check out Jennifer and Bess on Winging It! Buffalo Style in the videos posted below. More photos and stories from Buffalo are available on our Facebook page. Until next time, safe travel through the pages.

Winging It Over Buffalo pt. 1


Winging It Over Buffalo pt.2