A NEW coach will make a world of difference in the lives of Melville High School and Kempsey West Public School support unit students.
The coach comes courtesy of the Variety Club children’s charity and the combined generosity of several local Kempsey businesses.
Melville High has 63 Support Unit students, with eight students in wheelchairs across six Support Unit classes.
Kempsey West Public School has 30 support unit children, across three classes.
Previously, the schools relied on a 15-year-old Variety Sunshine Coach for transport.
With the addition of a new Variety Sunshine Coach modified to allow wheelchair access, the schools are able to transport students safely and promptly.
The coach is used for students to enjoy sporting activities such as swimming, organised disability programs including Sailability and horse riding for the disabled, as well as class excursions to the beach, and community access initiatives involving work experience programs run by the local community.
These activities help contribute to a rounded education for the Support Unit students at the schools.
Variety was able to make the donation with the support of contributions by local organisations.
Leanne Weatherhead is the head teacher of the Support Unit at Melville High School.
“The addition of a new Sunshine Coach enables Melville High and Kempsey West to continue to increase the opportunities for their Support Unit students,” she said.
“It means extending the curriculum beyond the classroom, by providing a platform to access the wider community and support real-life learning.
“This community access increases social interaction and experiential learning.”
The Melville High School and Kempsey West Public School’s Sunshine Coach brings the total number of coaches funded nationally by Variety to 1253.
Off we go: support unit students at Melville High School and Kempsey West Public School will benefit from this new bus donated by the Variety Club.
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