Steph and Ayesha Curry took their love for The Magic School Bus to new heights with their latest entrepreneurial endeavor.
The NBA champion is supporting his wife, and her Eat. Learn. Play. bus that debuted at an elementary school in Oakland on Wednesday, NBC News reports. Ayesha uses the vibrant hot pink, pale blue, and yellowish-gold school bus to attract children and entertain them with healthy food and good books.
“It’s not the teacher’s fault. It’s not the parents’ fault. It’s a community issue,” Ayesha said.
Her new educational venture targets Black children and other youths of color in some of Oakland’s most underserved communities and energizes them with food, education, and attention.
“This idea came basically from me wanting to find a way to eradicate food deserts within the Oakland area,” Ayesha Curry said. “At first, the idea was around, ‘How can we find locations where people can come and pick up fresh produce and other things for their families?’ Logistically, especially with Covid, that idea started to seem far-fetched.”
The multifaceted bus comes decked out to provide two different experiences for children. One side serves as a food truck serving hot food and fresh produce to children and families, while the other side is a mobile library to address Oakland’s struggling literacy rate. A study from aCoach.org found that Black children in Oakland are four times more likely to read multiple years below their grade level than white students.
“Let’s get together, give this model a try and see if we can create some excitement around reading,” Ayesha said, “If we can all join together and try to fix the issue together and turn these numbers around, then I think we’re doing something right.”
Steph Curry is right alongside his wife, cheering on her newest business endeavor after the “bittersweet” decision to relocate the Golden State Warriors from Oakland to San Francisco.
“Oakland has been our adopted home,” he said. “There’s so much talent and promise in Oakland, but not as much opportunity. And that’s something that we have to strive to address, with this bus as just the latest rendition of doing that.”