Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES students in the Auto Body program at Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center were recently involved in a project that benefitted local non-profit, Family Promise of Ontario County.
Students in the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Auto Body program at Finger Lakes
Technical and Career Center were thrilled when Jill McLellan contacted them to collaborate on a project. McLellan, a volunteer with Family Promise of Ontario County, was looking for help with a very particular project. She would need students with hands-on Auto Body experience to remodel and transform a school bus into a more fitting transportation vehicle for Family Promise of Ontario County.
This non-profit organization aims to help families in Ontario County become sustainably independent. Families utilizing the services offered by the organization often need transportation between the Day Center and Host Congregations. That’s when the collaboration came together.
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES students and staff were eager to get involved when they heard of the project. “It was easy to agree, almost an instant reaction,” said Josh Rossi, instructor with the FLTCC Auto Body program. Students were excited, not only to have a big project to work on, but to be involved in something bigger than just remodeling a vehicle. Rossi said students worked hard on transforming the school bus into a passenger vehicle more fitting for the service it was providing. Throughout the process, students removed the stop sign, lights, “School Bus” insignia, and stripes, and gave the bus a new look with custom panels made of diamond plate aluminum. They also painted front and rear headers, along with side sections. McLellan gathered with students last Friday to thank them and show her appreciation. “The bus looks awesome and was immediately put to use,” she said. All in all, it was a project with a quick turn-around time so services were able to be offered immediately. It is now not just a vehicle, but a vehicle for opportunity and success.