Students in the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Auto Body program at the Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center in Stanley recently were contacted by volunteer Jill McLellan to collaborate on a project.
McLellan needed students with hands-on auto body experience to remodel and transform a school bus into a more fitting transportation vehicle for Family Promise of Ontario County.
This nonprofit organization aims to help families in Ontario County become sustainably independent. Families utilizing its services often need transportation between the Day Center and host congregations. That’s when the collaboration came together.
Students and BOCES staff were eager to get involved when they heard about the project.
“It was easy to agree, almost an instant reaction,” said Josh Rossi, an instructor with the FLTCC Auto Body program.
Students were excited, not only to have a big project to work on, but to be involved in something bigger than remodeling a vehicle. Rossi said students worked hard on transforming the school bus into a passenger vehicle.
Throughout the process, students removed the stop sign, lights, “School Bus” insignia and stripes, and gave the bus a new look with custom panels made of diamond plate aluminum. They painted front and rear headers, along with side sections.
“The bus looks awesome and was immediately put to use,” McLellan said.
The Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center is a program of Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. Call (585) 526-6471 or visit for information.