Caroline Naylor, Sharon's grandmother, in 1925. Caroline grew up to be a librarian.
Our new bus is similar in size to our old bus, with an added foot in length, a wheelchair lift, and bigger windows.
This was character-building, as some were bolted through to the underside.
We covered the floor with sheet vinyl
Seat removal was the hardest part of the renovation
We plan to add a passenger jumpseat at some point
The carpet makes it cozy for kids to sit and read
Our first bus was a 2003 Chevy Express school bus. It was a small bus that seated 13-16. We purchased it at auction from govdeals in November of 2018.
Here's how the bus looked with all the seats inside.
Our older son helping me inventory books before an event in 2018.
Some possibilities here to make the bus accessible.
We discovered early on that younger kids really need to see the covers, so we made two display shelves.
We added the website graphics and redid the "STOP" sign to say "READ."
We bought some great, affordable LED lights on Amazon. Derrick installed them and they have made a HUGE difference inside the bus.
We still use the puck lights for interior shelf lighting. We plan to get a deep cycle battery so that we can run the overhead lights while we are stopped, without having to run the engine.
Here's how the LED lights look from the outside at night. It's fun to come home after dark and see the reflective tape on the bus.
Bus decoration continues, with the important addition of this light-up llamacorn. It was purchased on my first visit to Justice and I can now confirm that I have the design sense of a tween girl :)
I installed the front and back decals. I now have new respect for vinyl graphic installers. We chose the "school bus" font (Franklin Gothic) for the lettering on the sides, front and back .
Both the front and back decals really help people figure out what we do when they see us driving around town.