Riverside reaches minibus goal

October 26, 2023

Riverside School has achieved its aim of providing a new minibus.

After a mammoth effort by staff, students and friends, they raised the £52,000 needed. Now they can continue with a full programme of school trips and Life Skills activities by taking students into the local area, the Leisure Centre and the students can practice shopping and travel skills. Students in wheelchairs and others with mobility issues can also in he new minibus, so the school no longer needs to hire in another bus. Andy Hall, Headteacher, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to us reaching our target, especially local businesses and friends of the school. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”

The guests enjoyed a cuppa and cake provided by our Post-16 students along with a chance to look at the bus. Former student Maddison Hull also attended the day and was invited to cut the specially made cake, which featured the new bus in icing form. Maddison and Mr Hall also cut the ribbon to officially open the bus to the school. Mr Hall spoke about his delight that the new bus can be driven by more staff and talked about how the next fundraising would need to be to provide an outside classroom area for the one classroom that doesn’t have this facility. If anyone can help with funding for this, please contact him at the school.

Donators, family and friends of the school also attended the event. (19-10-317 GT) 

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