FWCS Receives Grant to Put Filters on Buses

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 06/20 2014 10:36AM

Updated 06/20 2014 10:46AM

Fort Wayne Community Schools received a grant for over $300,000 dollars to put a filter on 24 of their oldest buses.

A filter that will help reduce emissions by 90%.

WFFT's Brooke Welch was at the announcement and has more on how this means a healthier city for all of us.

There are 350 buses that transport over 30,000 students in the Fort Wayne Community School system. 

Transportation Director Gary Lake says, "we travel about 8 million miles a year.  We're the largest school corporation of course in Indiana, now, the second largest but we are the largest fleet in Indiana."

Thanks for a $314,000 dollar grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, 24 buses will have filters installed, a change that will cut back pollution by 90%.

"Making sure the environment is clean, our buses are efficient, and we have good fuel mileage."

There are also huge health benefits for children.  Health Services Manager Mary Wess says that 13% of students receive medication for asthma.

"Poor air quality is a trigger for having an asthma attack so the more we can do to minimize that trigger the better shot we have for keeping those kids safe and healthy while in our schools."

Officials tell WFFT this won't only make our children healthier, it will improve the air quality for everyone.  As Fort Wayne Community School buses are in every part of the city, everyday of the week.

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