On Monday 17 July Variety – the Children’s Charity paid a special visit to Echuca Specialist School to present them with a brand new Variety Sunshine Coach.
The special modified coach will help students get out and about in the ‘sunshine’. Without access to a Variety Sunshine Coach, many of the students wouldn’t have access to the broader community.
Echuca Specialist School received two Coaches 15 years ago and they have been an invaluable asset to the school, but they are now becoming too costly to run in their old age.
Echuca uses their school buses on a daily basis to transport students to places such as the library, and to help them attend other activities such as work experience, inclusion days with local mainstream schools, sporting activities, transition programmes, camps, excursions and end of term/year activities.
Variety – the Children’s Charity Victoria CEO, Janette Connolly had this to say about the presentation:
‘We are so pleased to be able to assist Echuca Specialist School with yet another Sunshine Coach to enable them to transport their students safely in and around the community. These coaches are particularly important to regional schools and we look forward to hearing about all the incredible activities these children will now be able to access’.
Echuca Specialist School provides education for children ages 5-18 years with intellectual and associated disabilities. The school provides a practical curriculum, based on individual needs and abilities that is designed to be motivating, challenging and flexible.