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Child, Youth & School Services program gets new multi-function school activity bus

Staff members and youth in the Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) program say they are excited about the arrival of its first multi-function school activity bus. The purchase of the multi-function school activity bus is another example of the Army Family Covenant commitment to Soldiers and their families, said Jan Fink, CYSS coordinator.
 
Photo: Youth in the Fort McCoy School Age Services After-School Program will use a new multi-function school activity bus to travel to various Child, Youth & School Services activities and events. (Photo by Dustin Lakowske)
Youth in the Fort McCoy School Age Services After-School Program will use a new multi-function school activity bus to travel to various Child, Youth & School Services activities and events. (Photo by Dustin Lakowske)

Funds to purchase the bus came from the Quick Wins program to help Army Families. The program originated in 2007 when the Chief of Staff of the Army announced its implementation to help Army Families deal with the stress of extended and multiple deployments.

One of the services identified for support was transportation for children and youth involved in CYSS programs. As a result, the Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command centrally purchased the multi-function school activity bus as an Enterprise Buy initiative for Garrison CYSS programs.

Currently, the staff who will drive the bus are taking a defensive driver’s course and getting familiar with the bus operations and policies before they transport youth, Fink said.

In the future, the Fort McCoy CYSS Middle School and Teen population will appreciate using the new bus because CYSS will be able to establish safe, accessible drop-off points, such as in the housing areas, so they will have more opportunities to participate in the CYSS program, she said.

“Using the bus will really be great during next summer’s camp sessions when it sometimes can be difficult to get a bus when there is a high demand for bus transportation from troops on post,” Fink said. “We will be able to use the multi-function activity bus to transport youth to the (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) garden, bowling, swimming and Pine View so our plans won’t have to change if a (Transportation Motor Pool) bus isn’t available.” The 15-passenger bus has adjustable seating, which will help serve younger children.

“In addition, our School Age and Middle School/Teen youth also volunteer so having the multi-function activity bus available will open up more opportunities for youth to be involved in volunteer experiences,” she said. “Since the bus is equipped with seat belts and preschool age children can ride as long as there is a teacher on board, our Strong Beginning Preschool program also will be able to plan field trips into their curriculum.”

The CYSS also is expecting the delivery of another 15-passenger bus that will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fink said. All of the buses come with warranties and a maintenance plan.

Fink noted these 15-passenger buses mainly are intended to transport youth on post or for special short trips off post. They are not intended for overnight travel or to replace school bus transportation, such as for the School Age program.

Summer day camp and school out field trips that require larger buses still will use professional bus transportation.

For more information about the buses or the CYSS program, call 608-388-2238 or 608-388-4373.

(Submitted by Child, Youth & School Services program.)

 

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