The Rotary Club of Yass handed over the keys to Yass High School’s new, $18,000, 21-seater bus last Thursday.
The community organisation said it was more than happy to put its hands in its pockets when Michelle Thornely and Belinda Banfield from the school P&C explained how much it was costing to get students to activities on the road.
This is the first time the school has had a bus in a few years, principal Linda Langton said.
According to sports teacher Glenn Matthews, approximately $1000 was being spent on transport to lessons away from the school, such as lawn bowls and golf.
Students heading to the boy’s basketball competition in Goulburn on February 22 will be the first to ride in the Toyota Coaster, according to Mr Matthews.
From there, the school will benefit from being taken to activities including sport, music, agricultural shows and Indigenous programs, Mrs Langton said.
Ms Thornely from the P&C said the bus would open up the number and type of activities students could participate in.
Some of the teachers at the school already have the correct licence to drive the bus and a number of other teachers have put their hand up to get theirs, Mrs Langton said.
She also said other schools in the area would have the opportunity to use the bus and that the high school was creating a roster for shared use.
Rotary member Peter Gibbs drove the initiative and president Sam Bucknell said the club was honoured to help; “This was a very worthwhile cause for the community,” he said.
Rotary member Terry Butler organised the bus signage and was grateful to Chris Broers from Yass Signs.