Lake Fenton — Buses typically stop in neighborhoods to pick up children for school, however, on Monday, Aug. 5, buses stopped and allowed children to pick up books for free before school starts Sept. 3. 

 The “Book Bus” took to neighborhoods in the Lake Fenton Community Schools (LFCS) district as a way to promote summer reading. On each seat of the bus was a bin full of books donated by individuals, Fenton’s Open Book and Project READ from United Way.

 Children boarded the bus and looked through the bins, making two selections to keep. “The kids were so excited about it,” parent April Garceau said.

 The mini tour was the brainchild of principals Kathleen Conover of Torrey Hill Intermediate School and Sonya Shaughnessy of West Shore Elementary School.

 This was their way of fulfilling an assignment of their own from their “Essential Practices in Literacy” course through the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD).

 Conover estimates they had 500 books and visited more than 150 children. They got the word out through social media, and parents guided the bus around neighborhoods to pockets of kids who wanted books.

 Conover said there was a group of 25 closer to Swartz Creek. One child made a sign that read “Book Bus stop here.”

 The bus was donated by school transportation company First Student, which handles busing for most local districts.

 Laura Olewin, First Student location manager, is seeking to hire bus drivers. While children received books, some parents received information about working as a bus driver.

 Sheila McBride drove the bus Monday.

Want to work for First Student?

 First Student is seeking school bus drivers, no experience required for $15 per hour, with an up to $2,000 sign-on bonus. According to First Student, they will help applicants obtain the Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) required for the job. Children can ride along. Go to and choose the “Linden MI” location. You can also call (810) 591-0996.

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