OU helps salvage D.C. trip for Perry County middle schoolers

Eight-graders at Sheridan Middle School in Thornville will get to tour D.C. after Ohio University provided transportation to replace a bus company that didn't show. (WSYX/WTTE)

The eighth grade trip for Sheridan Middle School students to Washington D.C. is back on, after parents and students were told early Friday that the bus company couldn't transport the group.

Northern Local Schools Superintendent confirmed Ohio University buses and vans will take the students to the nation's capital.

At 2 p.m., 140 students and chaperones will leave the middle school.

Friday morning, the group arrived at 4:30 a.m. to prepare to leave for the trip. Parents said around 5 a.m., they were told the bus company was having mechanical problems. Parents and students said they were disappointed and saddened by the news.

The district does not want to release that company's name at this time.

Ohio University sent ABC 6/FOX 28 a statement about their involvement transporting students:

"Earlier this morning, Ohio University learned that Sheridan Middle School’s planned class trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled to leave today, was in jeopardy after its charter buses were unexpectedly unavailable. Ohio University was able to provide two charter buses and three drivers, and they, along with an outside charter bus, will take Sheridan’s students on the trip and stay with them throughout their weekend trip to Washington. Ohio University is glad to be a strong community partner to be able to assist in taking Sheridan Middle School’s students on a highly-educational and long-planned trip."

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