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Townsend Press supports a variety of educational organizations that work to improve literacy in schools and communities where funding is scarce. We have been proud to call them our partners since 2010.

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Bess the Book Bus Hits the Road

from the Tampa Bay Times. Article by Philip Morgan Video games and television haven't completely taken over the minds of America's children. The driver of Bess the Book Bus can attest to that. "It's always so fascinating to me to see them get as excited as they are...

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The Ripple of Good

Good news travels fast. It's true. All it takes is one person telling another, and the ripple of good begins. Imagine walking out on a Saturday morning and seeing a big yellow bus with a sign that says free books. That's what Joey, Roman and Mackenna saw while walking...

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A Better Vision for Our Children

In 2008, there were more murders in Chicago than U.S. soldier casualties in Afghanistan. Englewood is one of five Chicago neighborhoods that has seen more than 100 murders since 2007. Last year, Jennifer received a request for a visit from a school located inside the...

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Giving the Gift of Healthy Sight

When David was asked how he liked his new glasses, he said they were a little weird. He laughed as he moved the new pair up and down, noticing the difference instantly. It had been more than a year since his last vision screening and his prescription needed an update....

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The Magical World of Words

“This place is full of magic,” said nine-year-old Jamelia as she stepped on the bus. The ceiling was painted in Starry Night swirls and the shelves were stocked with books, thousands of books. A smile stretched across her face as she imagined the possibilities....

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One Month in Maine pt. 2

Millinocket The 2011 Transitions/VSP Success is in Sight tour encountered a set back when Bess the Book Bus broke down en route to Millinocket. Getting a tow turned into an ordeal, but the worst part of the day was missing our event. Aid for Kids brought a care...

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One Month in Maine pt. 1

After three months on the road, Bess the Book Bus finally found a home away from home. The 2011 Transitions/VSP Success is in Sight tour traveled to Maine for a full month of mobile literacy outreach. We were able to spend so much time in the state because of the...

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The Best of Buffalo

For the past two years, Bess the Book Bus kicked off our nationwide tour at the Transitions Championship in Innisbrook, FL. The seven day golf tournament brought in 2,000 children from Title 1 schools and gave them access to things that are normally out of reach...

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