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Want to help paint Skoolie?

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. 

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 two focused 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.”