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SCOTTIE, a mobile learning center cleverly disguised as an activity bus, is part of an initiative
dedicated to help preschool-aged children receive hands-on teaching and tutelage from a
certified teacher before entering the traditional school system. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-10-02 15:53:20
Last modified: 2013-10-02 15:54:04

New bus and teaching initiative brings classroom into the community

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“The great thing about this program is that you don’t have to go to the bus. The bus will come to you.”

The comment from Avery County School Superintendent David Burleson sums up well one of the primary attractions of a new program centered on a bus named SCOTTIE, which stands for Supporting Children’s Opportunities Through Technology, Innovation and Education.

The bus is part of an initiative targeting preschool students three and four years of age that are not enrolled in an organized preschool program. The idea for the name SCOTTIE came from one of Avery County’s best-known institutions.

“The colors and scarf on the Scottie dog are the actual colors and tartan of the Highland Games,” Burleson explained. “We wanted to keep the design with the theme of the Highland Games.”

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