LEFT BEHIND: Rosella Park School needs help to raise $140,000 so students like Robbie Huddleston, 7, D'Shawn Baglin-Hussien, 8 and Shontae Denniss, 7 can ride on the bus with everyone else. Pictured with principal Kate Russ and mum Michelle Denniss. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
LEFT BEHIND: Rosella Park School needs help to raise $140,000 so students like Robbie Huddleston, 7, D'Shawn Baglin-Hussien, 8 and Shontae Denniss, 7 can ride on the bus with everyone else. Pictured with principal Kate Russ and mum Michelle Denniss. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

School needs sponsors to raise funds for special bus

MUM Michelle Denniss wants to see her daughter on the school bus with her school mates.

Seven-year-old Shontae has RET Syndrome - a neurodevelopmenal disorder that affects her speech and hand movements. She can't walk or talk.

And the Rosella Park School bus only seats 12 students and can't accommodate nine of its students who are in wheelchairs.

That means the school has to hire taxis every time they go on an excursion.

"It's sad that she can't ride on the bus with the other kids,' Ms Denniss said.

"It makes her, and the others, feel that they are different because all the other kids get to go on the bus but she can't."

For two years the school has been trying to raise $140,000 to buy a new bus that can cater for all its students.

The school will hold its annual fundraiser luncheon on Caulfield Cup Day in October. So far they have raised $20,000.

But two of the major sponsors pulled out this year. Principal Kate Russ said without community support this year's event could end up costing them money.

"Times are tight and some of the local businesses that would usually help us out haven't been able to this year," Ms Russ said.

Major sponsors can buy a table at the luncheon for ten people, for $2000. Contact the P and C on 4972 5077.



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