New bus route helps improve local school’s attendance

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- For five mornings now, the wheels on the bus have been going round and round, pulling into the New Horizon Apartment complex to carry around 90 students to nearby Winchester Elementary.

"Oh, they love it, they love it. They love catching the bus," said grandparent Kim Daniels.

Daniels has two grandchildren who attend Winchester. Before the bus started making stops here on Monday, she'd either have to drop them off or they'd have to make the one-mile trek by foot.

"It was dangerous."

With the temperatures plunging, Tanishia Dabney said she is more thankful than ever to have a bus to take her to school.

"We be good having a bus because it be cold every day."

"I`m so excited, I`m so overwhelmed, I`m so blessed."

Flora Childres is the principal at Winchester. She said she has been asking the district for a bus specifically for the New Horizon Apartments for 14 years after noticing many of the students who stay there werent' coming to school as frequently as they should.

"Those children who are walking are just not coming when it`s cold, when it`s wet, when it`s extremely hot," she told WREG.

Childres rides the bus home with students each evening and already she said she's seen a big improvement in attendance.

"Even this week, our attendance has at least increased about 30 children."

 

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