VICC Program Supports STL
There is no question that the past 15 months have created challenges in everyone’s lives. These constantly shifting challenges have created numerous obstacles to success. Despite these hurdles, thousands of St. Louis area students will be graduating over the next few weeks to embark on new adventures. We want to take a moment to recognize those who have persevered through these challenges and are preparing to celebrate the momentous occasion of high school graduation. Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors in the St. Louis area – specifically, the 329 graduating seniors who have participated in the VICC program.
For almost 40 years, St. Louis County & Yellow Taxi Company has worked closely with the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) to provide safe and reliable transportation to kids participating in the school choice programs. Since 1981, the VICC program has supported the educational goals of more than 80,000 students. For the team at VICC, these aren’t just numbers – they are people…the kiddos.
When the pandemic forced schools to shut down in March 2020, the team at VICC switched gears to find other ways to support students with not just their educations, but their lives as well. VICC helped supply Chromebooks, hot spots, school supplies, and meals to kids learning remotely. Between March and July, VICC delivered 1,800 meals each week. As students began to return to school in August, VICC continued to deliver more than 500 meals and weekend food backpacks. That’s more than 50,000 meals! VICC recognized that the success of a student depends on the support they receive. Tami Webb, Operations Manager of VICC Transportation, says: “What these kids have accomplished during this crazy year is utterly remarkable! It truly takes a village and everyone at VICC is glad to be part of that village.” We are incredibly proud to work so closely with an organization that helps students achieve success in all aspects of life.
Through all of the adversity created by the pandemic, the 329 graduating seniors in the VICC program are a testament to the program and the support of everyone involved. The parents, teachers, coaches, administrators, facilities and food service teams, bus and taxi drivers, and the outstanding team at VICC have helped to create an environment where these graduating seniors could thrive. But it has been the dedication and hard work of these kiddos that have allowed them to accomplish this truly remarkable feat! Great job, and best wishes for a bright future!!