Rob Thomson of Waterfront Properties Helps Provide a Gift for Special Needs Students at Jupiter High
by Chase Scott – InFlorida.com
Special needs students at Jupiter Community High School put out a call for help last September. The kids are part of the “exceptional student education program” which brings them to area businesses to learn about jobs and careers and also provides training. An aging bus with no access for wheelchair bound students, no air conditioning and a multitude of other issues made the trips nearly impossible.
Jupiter Realtor Rob Thomson of Waterfront Properties was touched by the story and immediately offered to match all donations. He also took on the role of chief fundraiser to help the students saying, “The most needy kids have the worst transportation.” Several months later Robs’ outreach to the community succeeded. Thomson’s Waterfront Way Foundation donated $53,500.00 matching all other donor contributions for a total of $107,000.00. The school now has enough to secure a new bus. Thomson appreciates the overwhelming response,”Thank-you to everyone who donated to insure these wonderful children have the opportunities they deserve to receive training and to learn about jobs in our community.”
The students are now ready for their new ride and so is their teacher, Helene McAfee, who also drives the kids to local businesses. McAfee says she has a local hero who made it all possible, “Rob Thomson opened his heart. His leadership is the reason my kids now have a way to explore and embrace new experiences in Jupiter.”
Thursday morning the 22 year old bus will be officially retired as students chant “move that bus” as the old bus moves out to reveal the new one. The students and driver will also place the license plate on the modern bus. The new 2021 yellow bus seats 47, is specially equipped with a wheel chair lift and has air conditioning for those hot months.