Wildcat Bus Reaches 50,000 Miles
It was a sunny Wednesday morning in March, 9:30, one km from Sherwood Park. The Jr. High PE class was headed out on a day trip of bowling, wall climbing and to the trampoline park. The odometer on the Wildcat Bus hit 50,000.
This milestone is representative of Andrew School and the dedication of staff to give students experiences away from the confines of a four walled classroom. Over nearly six years the school has travelled 50,000 miles enriching curriculum outcomes, expanding student knowledge and experiences and competing in athletic competitions. The bus has travelled to all corners of the province, making stops in Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Cold Lake, Medicine Hat, Claresholm, Hinton, Rocky Mountain House, Nordegg, Athabasca and many others.
Every year the bus takes elementary students to the Kalyna Music Festival, swimming lessons, theatre presentations and other field trips. The secondary students ride it to Skills and Trade competitions and shows, to cardboard boat building races, to theatre as well, to sporting events in volleyball, basketball, curling, badminton and track. PE programs take the bus to golf, to curl, to mountain trips, to bowl or skiing.
Running a bus 50,000 miles takes a lot of support. $32,000 in fuel costs. Over 800 driver hours. $5000 in inspection and oil change costs. $4000 in tires and repairs. But it all culminates in an enriched education for the students of Andrew School.
Andrew School would like to thank all the athletics sponsors who aid in keeping kids in sport through donating to the program and the school. The school also holds an annual fundraiser every June, “Run for the Bus” sponsored by Servus Credit Union which uses funds to offset costs of travel for school trips and athletic events. To see a list of all the sponsors check out the Athletics Sponsors webpage at www.andrewschool.ca
To donate to the “Run for the Bus” Fun Run or just to donate to Andrew School in support of keeping the Wildcat Bus on the road to 100,000 miles please contact the school, (780) 365-3501.