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Local bus driver uses extra time from shorter route due to COVID-19 to read to kids before school

WLWT |

Due to COVID-19 making her bus route shorter with fewer kids attending in-person classes, Karen Borgemenke is taking the few extra minutes to read to her riders before they start their day.

“With less students, my route is shorter, so rather than impact the parents’ schedules and adjust route times, I thought it would be nice to keep the same route times, get to school a few minutes early, and read to the kids with that extra time,” Borgemenke said.

Borgemenke picks up books from the library every week to read to the students once they arrive at the school’s parking lot.

She reads to the kids from the front of the bus and asks them questions about each book. She will visit the Clearcreek Elementary School library every week to select books that interest the students.