Storybook Café School Bus

Storybook Café School Bus Retrofit


CMI turned this school bus into a mobile learning center for Hancock County Schools in West Virginia. With the help of volunteers, the bus travels around and is equipped to provide tutoring, literacy activities, and nutrition services to youth in the area. The name, Storybook Café, was picked by a kindergartner in the district and the external graphics wrap was designed by a fifth grader in the district.


This retrofit included the following main features:

  • New subfloor and LVT flooring throughout the vehicle
  • Custom-built sofa lounge and seating cushion above wheel wells
  • Electrical systems including shoreline connection, transfer switch, power panel, and battery charging system
  • 5.5KW gasoline generator installed under the vehicle
  • Rooftop A/C units and kickspace heaters for climate control when the engine is off and generator is running
  • LED strip lighting
  • 40'' TV, enclosed in custom cabinetry and ready for external media
  • Custom storage cabinets located throughout, one built with a functional sink
  • Vehicle WiFi system
  • Custom-built modular table system (removable)
  • Full external graphics wrap
  • Powered exterior awning on passenger side
Storybook Café School Bus