Last-minute funding from Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop saves late buses for middle schools
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
The busing program—which provides transportation home for students in after-school activities like sports and clubs—had been dropped for the upcoming school year after the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation dropped its co-sponsorship of the program as a result of reduced donations.
The PTO Thrift Shop had split the funding for the program last year with the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation.
Ann Arbor Public Schools had cut the program in June 2012. It has been run by donations ever since.
As of this week, the PTO Thrift Shop announced that it had enough funds raised through sales at its shop at 2280 S. Industrial Highway to foot the entire $40,000 bill for the program.
The donation means that there will be two buses at each of AAPS' five middle schools at 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Sept. 10, to transport students home.