Thank you to mel kirn, who has donated his time and energy in fundraising the purchase of St. vincent high school's second bus!

THE BEGINNING...

In 2019, SVHS was made aware that the local bus service was switching gears and would no longer be able to provide a bus service for athletic events, field trips, or other school needs. Following this announcement, the Alumni Association purchased a brand new, full-sized school bus. The Parish assisted with the purchase and paid for all of the additional fees included with the purchase. The Educational Foundation also helped out by covering the down payment cost. As of now, the Alumni Association is paying the monthly payment on the bus and the Parish is paying for all maintenance and inspection.

ONE IS NOT ALWAYS ENOUGH...

Having a bus is great, but working with only one bus is problematic. Especially with the only bus being a full-sized, 72 passenger bus. The same year the bus was purchased, the Alumni Association began occurring costs related to van rentals when two or more sports played games on the same day. With some sport teams being smaller than others, the Alumni Association was also paying for the costs of a full-sized bus to be taken to games when a smaller bus could be more affordable. 

MEL BRINGS HIS TALENTS TO THE TABLE...

Mel saw the Alumni Association and Parish's need for another bus. He realized that by having a second bus donated, the Alumni Association and Parish could save funds to be used in other areas. So Mel took action and reached out to friends, family, Alumni, grandparents, and anyone else who was willing to give. In less than a year, Mel was able to raise enough funds to purchase a safe, clean, and great looking second bus that can support up to 22 persons! 

MORE TO COME...

With a second bus, the Alumni Association and Parish save costs by not having to pay for van rentals and by not having a full-sized bus taking smaller sports teams to their events. Mel used his time and talents to raise funds for the purchase of the second bus. However, payments on the full-sized bus are still being made monthly by the Alumni Association - over $1,000 a month! If you did not get a chance to support the purchase of a second bus through Mel, or if you would like to help out by donating towards the payments on the full-sized bus, then feel free to contact us through our website, by sending an email to svhsaa@gmail.com, or by calling the Parish Center at 573-547-4300.