School buses nationwide need to adopt this practice.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
February 5, 2019
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If you're looking to inspire any kids in your life to read more, turn to this motivating story from one savvy teacher and bus driver in Arkansas.

As recently shown in a post on the Arkansas Department of Education Facebook's page, sometimes all it takes to inspire kids to pick up a book is a little clever thinking.

"Special Education teacher Julie Callison of the Drew Central School District decided to create a culture of reading on her daily bus route. 'This year I added a bucket of books on my bus to encourage students to read. The way this works is, when students get on the bus they can get up to three books. After they read those, they can share with students around them, then put them back in the bucket on the way out the door. I have older students reading to younger students, and younger students reading to older students. On Friday afternoons we have a "Special Guest Reader" usually from the back of the bus (high school or middle school student). They pick out a book, sit on the front seat and read it over the speaker to the whole bus. They love this!'" the post explains of Callison's efforts.

Of course, with smartphones distracting around the clock, it can be harder for grown-ups to find time to read, too. Take a page out of Callison's book and consider spending your commuting time with a book if you take a bus or train to work. (You may want to skip the loudspeaker step.)

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