The sun has certainly come out in Vic, with THREE Variety Sunshine Coaches delivered in the last few weeks!
The first, went to Woori Yallock Farm School. The school service 80 children that are disengaged with their education and at risk of dropping out. Almost 20 years ago, Variety funded a Sunshine Coach for the school, that recently began facing serious mechanical issues. In desperate need of a replacement, Variety are honoured to assist the school in delivering their unique learning program that empowers kids to reconnect with their education and achieve greater outcomes in the long-run. Read more on the Upper Yarra Mail’s website.
Next up, was Warracknabeal Special Developmental School. The new Variety Sunshine Coach will allow students to go on camps and excursions, as well as actively participate in pre-vocational classes to assist in developing crucial employability skills as part of the combined Wimmera Specialist School’s program. The experiences offer learning opportunities on real work situations including a University Café, auto detailing, audio-visual programs, graphic arts and garage band jam sessions in nearby regional towns. Read more on The Weekly Advertiser’s website.
Last, but certainly not least, sunshine came to Springvale Park Special Developmental School. Valued at over $165,000 the brand-new Variety Sunshine Coach is a welcome addition to the school, who cater to 228 students with moderate to profound intellectual disabilities. The new 12-seater Variety Sunshine Coach has been modified to enable those who might otherwise miss out, the same learning opportunities as their peers. The new bus includes a wheelchair ramp, with some of the interior seating removed to accommodate students in wheelchairs.
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