More children will now be able to have transportation from school to The Max Fisher Boys & Girls Club in Riviera Beach, Fla thanks to a new school bus . This was made possible by David DeGasparis, son of Siro Degasparis, who donated the money in honor of his father, who served on the Board of Directors of The Max Fisher Boys & Girls Club. “He was instrumental in building The Max Advisory board and assisting us financially for many years,” said Steve Cornette, Chief Club Operations Officer. The 72 seat Blue Bird bus was donated on Friday, August 19 and made its first pick up shortly after on Monday, August 22. This bus will relieve parents of club members from having to provide transportation after school to the club.
Ribbon Cutting for the new Max Fisher
Boys & Girls Club provided with seed
money from The DeGasparis Family
As it is Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission to be where we are needed most, Clubs are traditionally located in low-income neighborhoods with higher adult and juvenile crime. This poses a substantial risk for youth to safely arrive at afterschool-time venues. In response, Clubs maintain a fleet of buses to guarantee access to much-needed afterschool education opportunities for all, regardless of income.
If not for the Club and the transportation services it provides, Club members would face no other alternative than riding their regular school bus at the end of the school day to an empty home. They would remain unsupervised during these critical afterschool hours when they are most vulnerable. The Clubs’ transportation and programming promote peace of mind among parents. As a result, parents know their child is in a safe environment, being nurtured by caring youth development professionals, receiving homework help and academic support. This also affords parents the ability to maintain their employment. During the summer months, the availability of safe, reliable transportation will ensure that members at all Club sites enjoy a full day of superior programs, which will include the same, high-quality, fun and educational field trips that their peers at other camps experience. Many of the members’ favorite destinations are located at least an hour away from Club locations. Safe transportation helps to ensure equity across all Clubs.
“We have learned through the years that our transportation program is an essential service to our program and for families,” said Steve Cornette, Chief Club Operations Officer. “Most parents in the communities we serve lack the means to retrieve their children at the end of the day, nor do they allow their children to walk home due to safety concerns.”
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