Updated 10/26: Alachua County Public Schools will hold the “Operation Moving Forward” Bus Giveaway on Wednesday, October 28. Forty busses will be given to churches, non-profits and other organizations that applied to receive a bus. More than 150 local organizations sent in applications.
The giveaway will be held at the Gainesville Raceway at 1 p.m., and the different organizations’ representatives will be chosen randomly to come up and choose the bus that they would like to receive.
“The giveaway is intended to help local organizations that serve the public, including children, carry out their work,” according to an ACPS media tip.
Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) is starting the new “Operation Moving Forward” initiative to donate buses to local churches and non-profits.
After recently purchasing 80 new school buses, the ACPS bus fleet is now one of the newest in the state. Superintendent Karen Clarke has chosen to donate 40 of the “retired” busses to local community groups instead. All the buses are in working condition and have been properly maintained.
“We know this pandemic is hurting many churches and non-profits,” said Clarke in a press release. “Like us, they are in the business of serving the people of Alachua County, and we want to help them do that.”
If you are a church or 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Alachua County, you can submit an application to the district to receive a bus through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21. Only 40 applications will be selected through a random selection process, and the giveaway will be held on October 28.
You can access the application form here!