St. Joseph School has secured sufficient funds to purchase a new custom-made bus for long-distance travel.

Development Director Nicole Rappold said the bus campaign started in Sept. 2012, and as of Monday the school exceeded its goal of raising $125,000.

"It was actually rolled into our annual fund, but knowing the bus was going to be more costly we thought we’d make it a two year campaign," Rappold said.

Several key donors helped make this project a reality. The HOOKS — or Helping Out Our Kids School — fundraiser brought in the first $20,000 and Centennial Bank gave $10,000 toward the bus at this year’s homecoming game. The St. Joseph Flea Market also gave funds toward the project.

Additionally, the school received gifts from "hundreds of individual donors ranging from $5 to $10,000," Rappold said.

St. Joseph currently has three buses — two regular-sized buses and one smaller bus — but Rappold said they have been unreliable.

The new bus will have a top-of-the-line air system to ensure the comfort of all the passengers. It will not be for daily student pick-up, but will be used for long-distance trips for both the school and the church.

Rappold said while the funds have been raised, the school is waiting for a final quote from the bus company before they can place the order. The last quote obtained by the school is a year and a half old, but Rappold said they should have the funds to cover any inflation that has occurred in that time.

Once the order is placed, the bus will be on campus within four to six months.

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