Paint the Bus Event Series

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 15:00



South Washington County Schools Community Education’s “Paint

the Bus” Event Series, a new community collaboration with YMCA, Washington County

Library, and City of Cottage Grove and Woodbury Parks & Recreation, launched

Wednesday, June 20 at Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove. Future Paint the Bus

events will be held from 5-8pm on July 11 at Pioneer Park in Woodbury, July 25 at

Pullman Elementary in St. Paul Park, August 8 at Shawnee Park in Woodbury, and

August 22 at Newport Lutheran in Newport.


Paint the Bus events bring activities and entertainment to the whole family through a

renovated school bus called CESkoolie. With the help of a 3M Community Giving Grant

and generous donations from the community including paint and craft supplies, food,

and volunteer time for the events, nearly 200 people were able to participate in the first

event. Local organizations joined together donating their time and talents to oversee

event logistics and ensure the successful design of this new moving mural.


Upon the kick-off of the Paint the Bus events, South Washington County Schools

Superintendent Keith Jacobus said, “This type of project brings new energy and

excitement for learning as kids and adults join together to add color to a mobile

classroom that will bring innovative programming to residents in our school district.” As

the events continue throughout the summer, community members will contribute to the

design by adding new colors to twofocused areas per event, making the design a true

reflection of our entire community.


Bob Lawrence, Director of Community Education in South Washington County Schools,

who led the development of the #CESkoolie project said, “ Our hope is that these

events spark creativity and give our community an outlet for art expression.” Lawrence

went on to say, “We have seen tremendous support for this project and the long-term

vision for CESkoolie.”


For more information on #CESkoolie or the Paint the Bus event series visit: