|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
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
“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
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.)