ST. GEORGE — A Minnesota bus has a new owner and a new route.
Dylan Ence, a senior at Dixie High School, is attempting to make a world of difference for students in another country. The St. George local purchased bus No. 65 and is using it to house and transport school supplies to a village in Patamban Michoacan, Mexico.
The project began four years ago when Ence visited the village. Ence told St. George News that he witnessed the students living in poverty as they tried to get an education. During the visit, Ence and his family purchased and donated sports equipment to the school for physical education classes.
Afterward, he went to the teachers and principal and asked how he could offer further help. Ence noticed that many of the students were staying at the school while he was there four years ago during a holiday weekend. He later discovered that students would walk to school and stay there for days, weeks and even months in order to ensure they could get to classes.
That’s when Ence got the idea to donate a school bus.
“I had heard of groups that have donated them, so I was like, ‘Well, why can’t I do that myself?'” he said. “Shoot for something big, and maybe we can make a change.”