Karston Fulmer claps and sings, leading a group of other children in a song in the new Words on Wheels (WOW) Bus during the unveiling of the bus on Wednesday, Dec. 6. — Adam Kveton Photo

Karston Fulmer claps and sings, leading a group of other children in a song in the new Words on Wheels (WOW) Bus during the unveiling of the bus on Wednesday, Dec. 6. — Adam Kveton Photo

Goslings check out their new WOW Bus in Qualicum Beach

Kids, parents, supporters attend the reveal of Oceanside BLT’s new ride

Local goslings will be riding in style thanks to a newly decked-out bus that includes a carefully crafted interior and the painting from a local artist realized on the outside.

Oceanside Building Learning Together (BLT) unveiled its third Words on Wheels (WOW) Bus to kids, parents and supporters on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Storybook Village in Qualicum Beach.

RELATED: Community supports WOWs literacy program

The bus delivers the Mother Goose program — a five-week session during which children build literacy skills through songs and stories.

The bus features artwork by local artist Peggy Schollenberg of a pair of geese and their goslings. Early this summer, a call went out to artists for submissions, with some of the kids who use the bus helping choose the winning design.

“They loved (Schollenberg’s painting),” said BLT manager Judi Malcolm.

“It’s marvelous,” said Schollenberg of seeing her work on such a large canvas. “What an incredible job they (Coombs Junction Signs and others) did putting it on the bus.”

Malcolm praised the many sponsors, supporters and volunteers who worked on the bus or made donations, without whom funding would have had to go on for another two years, she said to the crowd on Wednesday.

She added that a dear volunteer with BLT, Carole Lewis, passed away this year. In lieu of flowers, her family asked that well-wishers give donations to BLT, which went toward the bus, said Malcolm. “We will be putting a plaque on the bus in her honour,” she said.

At the unveiling, kids already got to enjoy the bus, with BLT program co-ordinator Odette Herr leading children with some sing-a-long songs in the vehicle. The bus was expected to be in use the very next day.

Send news tips to:

adam.kveton@pqbnews.com

Local artist Peggy Schollenberg sees her artwork affixed to the new Words on Wheels (WOW) Bus for the first time during the unveiling of the bus on Wednesday, Dec. 6. — Adam Kveton Photo

Local artist Peggy Schollenberg sees her artwork affixed to the new Words on Wheels (WOW) Bus for the first time during the unveiling of the bus on Wednesday, Dec. 6. — Adam Kveton Photo

Just Posted

The Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Society has outgrown its home at the Coombs-Hilliers Fire Department and will soon move to its new operations hall at the Qualicum Beach Airport. (PQB News file photo)
The Qualicum Beach Farmers Market is one of the organizations approved for a grant-in-aid by the Town of Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)
COVID-19: Town of Qualicum Beach awards $80K in relief funds to community groups

Pandemic has put a financial strain on many organizations

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Whiskey Creek gas station destroyed by fire after camper van explosion

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

People in Metro Vancouver can expect to experience a short wave of heat just in time for Father’s Day, according to Environment Canada. (Black Press Media files)
Short-lived heatwave headed for Metro Vancouver this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be up to 10 degrees higher than average Sunday and Monday

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville council receives letter from B.C.’s health minister regarding free prescription contraception

Letter was in response to Parksville’s support for universal no-cost measure

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Central Okanagan Grade 12 grads are set to get $500 each after a more than $1 million donation from a Kelowna couple. (File photo)
B.C. couple donating $500 to every Grade 12 student in the Okanagan

Anonymous donors identified as Kelowna entrepreneurs Lance and Tammy Torgerson

Most Read