PLYMOUTH (WWJ) – Kids in the Plymouth-Canton School District can’t wait for him to arrive in their neighborhood over the hot summer months — and no, it’s not the ice cream man.
It’s Field Elementary third grade teacher Pete Pizzuoli, who delivers books to the kids twice a week over the summer months on his specially equipped “book cab” bicycle.
“There’s a good selection of books at all reading levels for the kids. I use some of my own books at school, some of my colleagues donated some books, some of the kids have even brought books to donate, they are hard-covers, they are all really nice books. I would say there’s a couple hundred pounds of books, so it’s a good workout, too,” Pizzuoli told WWJ’s Greg Bowman.
Pizzouli said he got the idea because he wanted to make it easy for kids to keep reading over the summer months, by delivering the books right to their homes. The students can choose a book, read it, then return it for a new book when Pizzuoli returns.
“It’s a simple idea of getting them the opportunity to get a book from your teachers … and I think the idea is catching on. We’ve had lots of parents come out and express positive thoughts. So far, it’s kind of a win, win, win, win, win, and I hope to keep it that way. Actually, I hope it keeps growing a bit,” said Pizzuoli.
Teachers pedal the book cab every Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. and make regular scheduled stops in five neighborhoods where students live.