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Crown Center and Dream Bus partner to provide enrichment activities

Crown Center Dream Bus


Marion County Public School’s gifted and talented unit from The Crown Center took the district’s Dream Bus on stops throughout the county this week to teach enrichment activities at each of the district's schools.

Gifted and Talented teacher Dawn Phillips, along with Gifted and Talented consultants Jane Spalding and Laurie Followell, visited each of the county’s elementary schools Tuesday and made stops at Marion County Middle School, Marion County High School, and Marion County Knight Academy on Wednesday.

During the stops, students boarded the Dream Bus -- MCPS’s innovative mobile learning and outreach vehicle -- where Phillips, Spalding, and Followell led enrichment activities.

“The past two days have really been about giving students a memorable educational experience,” Followell said.  “[The students] were visibly excited to get to come onto the Dream Bus.”

At the elementary schools, students received a lesson on leadership; at the middle school, the lessons focused on study skills; and at the high school and Knight Academy, students received job interview tips.

Dream Bus
Students at Glasscock Elementary School receive a treat after a lesson aboard the Dream Bus.



The Crown Center is located at the Area Technology Center and serves as the headquarters for the district’s gifted and talented program.  The Crown Center hosts events for students of all grade levels throughout the district.  

The Dream Bus was a collaborative project involving students, teachers, and administrators to create a mobile learning lab.  During the summer, the Dream Bus serves hundreds of free meals to young people as it makes stops throughout the county and provides educational outreach.

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