For the fourth summer in a row, the Mobile Learning Cafe’ is making three stops to three different neighborhoods every Monday-Thursday, July 8-31, 2019. The Mobile Learning Café draws a lot of attention as it travels down the road. The repurposed school bus is colorfully decorated both inside and out like a fifties style cafe with a checkerboard floor, teal countertops, and lipstick red booths and chairs.
At each stop, volunteer QISD staff members greet the children as they board the Mobile Learning Café. A hot lunch, provided by the QISD Food Service Department, is served to each child and when they finish there is time for board games, crafts, and learning activities. Children are also able to choose a book to take home and read. Originally, we thought that we would focus on providing technology-driven learning activities, but what we found is what many of our visitors crave is one-on-one attention from caring adults. On Thursdays, children take home a weekend food bag provided by Hunt County Kids.
As the Mobile Learning Café pulls up to one of our stops, we will often have children waiting for us. One grandmother told us that her grandson wakes up every day and asks if it is time to visit the MLC. A few young visitors have only missed a few visits to their neighborhood over the last four years and look at the MLC as kind of a second home in the summer.
The Mobile Learning Café is a labor of love that represents a community partnership and the fulfillment of a dream to address not only hunger but the academic summer slide as well.
Director Family and Community Engagement