A summer project that started out small is having an immense impact on Southern Door elementary students. Bus driver Ted Chaudoir says that after cleaning out his daughter's bedroom he found a box full of children's books and didn't know what to do with them. So he thought, "Why not bring them on the bus where my kids can read them?" As he did that, the children got really interested and excited over the books that they could not only read on the bus but take home as well.
"This is an opportunity to get books into the hands of these children early on. When this hour trip home is a waste to them, we can make it useful by putting it to good use."
Ted has developed a program where middle and high school students read to early childhood kids.
The kids on Ted's bus wanted more books to read but Ted was running low on them. So he went to Missy Bousley, Southern Door Elementary Reading Specialist, for help. She provided him with 100 books this last year and throughout the summer they both collaborated on how they could expand this program.
Bousley will continue to bring Chaudoir books as he will continue to distribute them onto the bus.
"In the end this is having a tremendous affect on the children because they will continue to read, they are building relationships with older kids, and ultimately, it's had an impact on the kids' behavior on the bus," says Chaudoir.