“We Want a School Bus” UPDATE
By Maria Gail | Dec 28, 2010
We want a school bus for Christmas. Really. That’s what we’re asking for from Santa (and you).
Corey McLean, Seth Brown, and Tyler and Silas Dunham, four best friends from Lincolnville are brimming with optimistic energy and a desire to accomplish something epic. They’re calling it Love, The Bus.
In May 2011, they plan to weave their way across the country in a renovated school bus, converted to run on vegetable waste oil, raising money for local organizations dedicated to education, getting people outdoors, and human services.
With a healthy dose of creativity, passion, and lack of inhibition, they are hoping to show the impact four guys and a bus can have.
This will not be the first time this team has let their creativity shine. At ten years old they began building Tree Hazard Snowboard Park, an extensive terrain park in the Dunham’s back yard, as a fun a place to gather with friends. They sold lifetime passes to the park to buy more supplies and continue expanding the park.
At 15, they were beginning to outgrow Tree Hazard and were looking for something bigger. At the time, Camden Snow Bowl didn’t have a terrain park so, over the course of a summer and fall, the four succeeded in raising over $20,000 and numerous in-kind gifts to bring a full-scale park to Camden. Today, eight years after the project was started, the terrain park still remains an integral part of the mountain, providing a great outlet for young skiers and snowboarders.
This summer, embracing the Margaret Mead quote engrained in their heads by a shared high school English teacher, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” they are putting their show – quite literally – on the road.
Lifelong friends since baby play group, the four 20-somethings will travel across the country completing wild challenges to creatively fund local organizations nationwide.
They will generate publicity by creating a web-based TV series about their adventures. “Beyond the videos we post,” say the Maine Boys, “twitter and facebook updates will allow viewers to live somewhat vicariously through us, and will allow them to predict what episodes will be coming soon”
Each week, Love, The Bus will produce one full episode that documents the boys completing a challenge posed by their sponsors. Episode challenges will require between ten and twenty hours to complete and will be edited into 15-minute suspenseful episodes presenting a challenge and a countdown clock, but cutting to the story of finding the charity. “Charities will be assessed by a number of things, but each episode will include an interview with someone at the organization (avoiding letting them know that we plan on helping them) in order to ensure that it meets our principles. The episode will conclude with the team returning to the organization highlighted at the beginning of the episode and surprising them with a check.”
To help these four get their Christmas wish for a school bus, consider supporting their project on Kickstarter.com at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lovethebus/love-the-bus-80-challenges-for-good You can check out the work they’ve put into their website at http://lovethebus.tv/, and their video athttp://www.youtube.com/lovethebustv. They can be found on facebook and twitter as well.
With your help, this team is going places, and you’ll be able to say, “I knew them when!