The Magnolia School can replace its 22-year-old school bus thanks to a grant from Bealls Department Stores, Inc. The school was awarded a $10,000 grant through the Bealls and Whistles for Schools program. More than 350 schools across Florida applied for funding of which 76 were chosen as finalists. The finalists were narrowed down to ten winners based on a compelling need, the ability to execute the proposal and the overall creative presentation of the supportive materials.
As parts of its application, the school submitted a student written, directed, and performed music video of an original blues song detailing the woes of riding on an outdated bus.
"Even though we are attached to our cute, old bus, we are looking forward to more reliable and comfortable transportation. In our curriculum, students learn by doing. Taking them places where they can do whatever the current topic calls for is an integral part of their learning experience," said Sophie Wacongne-Speer, Educational Director at The Magnolia School. "We are grateful to Bealls for allowing us to fulfill our educational goals with a new, updated bus."
Funds raised from various PTO and other fundraisers, combined with Bealls grant, will provide enough for a new bus.