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Allegheny students raise funds for Fifth Ward bus shelter

Submitted Thu, 06/20/2013 - 6:56am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE – Students at Allegheny College, in Meadville, want to keep residents of a local neighborhood out of the rain. Eleven Allegheny College students have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to build a bus shelter for the Asbury Manor Mobile Home Park East in Meadville’s Fifth Ward. 

Recent graduate Emma Cook came up with the idea last summer.  Art professor Amara Geffen says the project has taken off since then with students consulting with architects and engineers, and drawing up plans for the new bus shelter.

“We have some concept plans that we’ve looked at.  The final design will depend on what we learn from DEP in terms of permitting.”

Geffen says the group is looking at using recycled materials and possibly a solar panel to light the structure at night.  The group is using the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to finance the project.  The campaign needs to raise twelve-thousand dollars by July 17th.  Currently, they stand at a little over 2-thousand. 

“If people share the link to our Kickstarter on their Facebook pages, it helps expand the reach of the project, which will make it, hopefully, more likely that we will meet out goal.”

If you’d like to learn more or donate, visit www.kickstarter.com and search for “the bus stops here.”