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Prepare for the New School Year

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City Offers No- and Low-Cost Services

Whether you are a parent of school-aged children or a student looking for educational resources, the City of Wichita has a variety of no- or low-cost services available to help you get through the upcoming school year.

Free Transit Rides/Discounted Passes: Wichita Transit is offering Free Ride week for everyone starting tomorrow, August 10. This offer aligns with a new bus schedule and route adjustments that better accommodate students who need a ride to school.

Wichita Public Schools is partnering with Transit by assigning over 800 students to bus routes instead of traditional school buses. These students will ride Wichita Transit routes to and from school every morning and afternoon.

Students can purchase discounted bus passes all year long. Passes are good for unlimited rides, even after school and on Saturdays.

Free After School Programs: The City offers children, ages 6 – 13, free after-school programs and camps for in-service days at the Orchard Recreation Center, 4808 W. 9th St. The program starts Aug. 14. It will be offered from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Mon. – Thurs. and 3:30 – 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Kids Connection camp: This camp will be held on the seven in-service days scheduled this year from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. for children ages 6-12. The cost is $22 per child, per day and a DCF Vision Card is accepted.

Computers: Students who may find themselves without a computer this school year can now check out a Chromebook from a portable device dispense at the Advanced Learning Library. Customers with a library card in good standing can check out the Chromebook once per day for up to three hours at a time. The computer can only be used inside the library.

The Evergreen, Atwater and Colvin Neighborhood Resource Centers also have computers available for students to use. They also have free fax, copy and notary services.

Free Wi-Fi: Internet access is available for free through public use computers and at all Wichita Public Library locations. Hours, locations and more information can be found at Print, copy and fax services are also available for a small fee.

Meeting Rooms: Collaboration rooms at the Advanced Learning Library are a great place for students to study, collaborate on a group project or hold a club meeting. Rooms can be reserved online at

Learning Express Library: Wichita’s libraries have several online resources to help students strengthen their knowledge in various subjects or to help in test preparation. The Learning Express Library, which is an online database of e-books, tests, learning tools and articles, can help students prepare for the following:

  • College admissions tests such as the ACT and SAT
  • AP tests
  • Skills improvement in general education subjects like math , science and social studies

Test Proctor: Students who are in need of test proctor may also turn to the library for assistance. To arrange for a proctored exam, please email or call (316) 261-8500.

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