WEST BOULEVARD: Spirit bus transports students to football games

Thursday, September 15, 2011 | 12:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — West Junior High School is now offering a spirit bus to provide transportation for students to home football games held at Rock Bridge High School.

“Kids have told us that it’s really hard for them to have their parents get them there with getting off work and everything else,” Assistant Principal Daniel Rector said.

The bus picks students up in the parking lot of the Activity and Recreation Center, right next to the junior high, and takes them to the game. It does not give rides after the game.

“It’s easier for them to meet us here and then go," Rector said. "We haven’t heard a lot of feedback about needing the ride back home.”

Last week’s game was the first of the season for the spirit bus. About eight students have used the bus so far, Rector said.

Students also have a chance to win prize drawings during the ride, and cheerleaders are on board to drum up team spirit.

The bus will provide transportation for Thursday's game against Centralia and the Oct. 20 homecoming game against Jefferson Junior High School.

Students can purchase a $2 ticket before school, between classes and during lunch from the main office Monday through Thursday. The ticket includes transportation and admission to the game.

The school spends $27.31 per hour from the Student Activity Fund to rent the bus, one hour per game. All proceeds from ticket sales are returned to the fund to pay for bus rental and prizes.

“The kids that ride it really enjoy it,” Rector said. “It allows them to get to a game that they might not otherwise have gotten to.”

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