January 20th , 2014 9:00 am Leave a comment

Donation gives big, yellow-and-black lift to Boys and Girls Club



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John Hutchins, director of federal programs and transportation for the Elizabethton City School System, presents keys for a decommissioned bus to Ginny Wright, director of the Boys & Girls Club. The Elizabethton Board of Education voted to donate the bus to the local organization.

The Elizabethton Board of Education approved the purchase of a new bus on Thursday, and that vote will end up giving a lift to a local organization.

The board voted to buy a 66-passenger bus for $85,778 and approved donating decommissioned bus No. 12, also a 66-passenger bus, to the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club to transport students from elementary schools to the club.

Director of Federal Programs John Hutchins said the system would get between $600 and $700 for the bus if it were sold. He noted the Boys and Girls Club could use the bus, and the system had made similar donations in the past.
“It is one of the nice things we get to do,” he said.

Boys and Girls Club Director Ginny Wright said the bus would be a “huge blessing” for the club.

She said the club is currently borrowing a bus from a church and using a van to transport students from schools to the club.

With the addition of the donated bus, the club will have a bus of its own to drive students from their schools to the club’s after-school program. Wright said the club had another bus that is being repaired and should be ready for use soon.

“This is going to be a huge help,” she said. “This will mean there are 66 more kids that have the opportunity to come to the Boys and Girls Club with the transportation provided.”

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