New wheels for school

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Youngsters at a city school will get the chance to enjoy a wide range of sporting activities across Milton Keynes this year after raising enough money to get them there.

Emerson Valley School has raised the £3,500 needed to lease a new minibus for five years, which will enable its pupils to take part in a wide range of sports, including swimming, horse riding, rock climbing and skiing.

To do that they needed the wheels to get them there, so the school set about raising the funds.

And pupils at the primary school took part in a competition to design a new paint job for the minibus which pulled up at the school for the first time this week.

The competition was won by 10-year-old Caitlyn Thomas whose painting was based on young children holding hands and is colourfully depicted on the sides of the minibus.

Tara Dempsey, who was named as the runner-up of the competition, plus Jordan Green and Molly Norman, also have their designs featured on the back and doors.

The minibus was officially unveiled to school pupils and parents on Monday in front of special guests, MK Dons boss Karl Robinson and former Emerson Valley student Josh Gurner who is now part of a city band called Hacktivist.

He played his guitar and took questions from pupils on the day before the rest of the school got to see the new minibus that will take them to PE lessons in style.