PLAINS, Ga. — Children who are enrolled in Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany have a new means of transportation. At a private event at the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Unit in Plains, Georgia, Blue Bird employees delivered a gasoline-powered Blue Bird Vision school bus to President Jimmy Carter and the Clubs, which serve communities in Albany, Plains and Montezuma, Georgia.
The new bus will transport children to after-school programs, on field trips and outings. For children in many of the area’s rural communities, transportation to Boys & Girls Clubs activities is severely limited.
“We are extremely grateful for this donation, as it allows us to fulfill our mission,” said Marvin B. Laster, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany. “It is paramount to our organization, as transportation is a huge challenge in these communities. We need our children to have access to the programs we offer, and this bus will be an integral part of our operations.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany have been in operation for over 50 years, and serve more than 3,000 children through membership and outreach programs. Former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter are honorary co-chairs of the Clubs, dedicating much of their time to the organization.
“Blue Bird’s donation of this brand-new school bus is greatly appreciated,” President Carter said. “It is heartwarming to see an organization like Blue Bird, which has been an important part of the South Georgia community, continuing to serve children through the gift of transportation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany.”
The Blue Bird Vision Gasoline bus is a good fit for the organization, since the engine is easier to maintain, and fuel availability allows travel for field trips and outings.
“When President Carter asked for our help, we were delighted to assist such a worthy cause,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “We have been a part of the community in South Georgia since 1927, and it’s our pleasure to provide the Boys and Girls Clubs with safe and reliable transportation for their children.”
The bus will start transporting students later this year.
About Blue Bird Corporation
Blue Bird (NASDAQ: BLBD) is the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since its formation in 1927 and approximately 180,000 buses in operation today. Blue Bird’s longevity and reputation in the school bus industry have made it an iconic American brand.
Blue Bird distinguishes itself from its principal competitors by its singular focus on the design, engineering, manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As the only manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader for school bus innovation, safety, product quality/reliability/durability, operating costs and drivability.
In addition, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel applications, with its propane-powered, electric-powered and compressed natural gas-powered school buses. Blue Bird manufactures school buses at two facilities in Fort Valley, Georgia. Its Micro Bird joint venture operates a manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. Service and after-market parts are distributed from Blue Bird’s parts distribution center located in Delaware, Ohio. www.blue-bird.com