Published: Apr 07, 2011 11:31 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 07, 2011 8:31 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Students at Sonshine Christian Academy are riding in style, but not because of any special privileges.

The school's one and only bus was stolen Tuesday night. Until it's recovered or another can be acquired, a local limo service is helping out by donating two stretch limos.

School Pastor Bobby Calvert, and bus driver David Balsbaugh couldn't believe it when they learned the bus was stolen.

"I thought maybe it was a senior prank," Balsbaugh told WINK News.

"A few years ago, it would have surprised me," said Pastor Calvert.  "But these days, anything can happen to any church or community."

Of the roughly 250 students at Sonshine Christian Academy, about 30 make a more than 40-mile round-trip to the school from Labelle everyday.

Clean Ride Limo, run by Pastor Calvert's son, quickly stepped in to provide transportation for the students for the next couple of weeks.

The students and staff at Sonshine Christian Academy hope the person who took the school bus will bring it back.  In the meantime, the school is offering $1,000 to anybody with information that leads to an arrest -- or the bus.

Investigators are looking for a yellow bus with "Sonshine Christian Academy" written on the side, along with the school's phone number.

The bus tags are X73968.

It's possible that the bus was stolen to be salvaged.

The school says the original bus was donated and there isn't money to buy a new one.   School leaders are hoping another bus may be gifted to the academy if the original bus is not returned.