MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – Students at Mt. Juliet High School raised more than $2,000 to travel to Memphis for the football team’s second round playoff game Friday.
They’d like to be there in full force to support the team but were having a hard time finding an available bus.
“At the high school, it is a big deal to have a large student section because you want as many students there as you can,” senior class president Chase Wilson said. “We haven’t made it to the second round of the playoffs since I was a freshman.”
He continued, “It is important to do this and get everybody the chance to be at the game while we have it.”
Wilson and his classmates came up with the idea to charter a bus, or Pep Bus as they are calling it, to take the students from the high school to the game and back on Friday.
An online poll Wilson posted got the support of more than 200 students and close to 70 said they would pay to ride the bus to and from the game.
But the students were struggling to find an available bus and driver to make the trip.
“The faculty has really done everything to help us get our bus. They have helped us out a lot,” Wilson said. “We knew immediately if a bus would work out and we could provide transportation that we would have a lot more kids having a good time.”
Wilson said the football team appreciates the efforts of fellow students trying to make it down to the game.
“I have a lot of friends on the football team and I know they appreciate it a lot,” he said. “They are happy that this many kids are willing to go.”
Ultimately, the Pep Bus is not just about seeing a football game. Wilson said it’s about supporting each other as a school family.
“To me there is no other answer to that than doing everything in my power to get them down there and have the best overall experience of school they can have,” he said.