School bus driver bright­ens stu­dents’ days with wacky cos­tumes

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fran Maye fmaye@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @ken­nettpa­per on Twit­ter

KENNETT SQUARE >> Most days, it takes Lau­retta Clay two hours to put on makeup. But the makeup she puts on brings smiles to the stu­dents who ride Bus 3 in the Kennett Con­sol­i­dated School Dis­trict.

For the past week, Clay has driven the bus in dif­fer­ent cos­tumes, and to­day, Hal­loween, she will dress up for the last day – un­til Christ­mas, that is.

“Kids seem to like it a lot,” Clay said. “I can’t even tell you how many times I have had kids ask and beg if they can ride my bus.”

She puts on wigs, and her sis­ter-in-law helps with face paint­ing. She puts the makeup on in-be­tween bus runs, be­cause she has to get up at 5 a.m. for her bus du­ties.

Her cos­tumes are so ap­peal­ing, Kennett Mid­dle School As-

“The kids can’t wait to see what she is go­ing to look like each day.” — Par­ent of a child who rides Lau­retta Clay’s bus

sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Ja­cob Moore runs out the bus each morn­ing to grab a photo. Stu­dents even take self­ies with her.

“The kids can’t wait to see what she is go­ing to look like each day,” said Holly Davies, whose child takes Clay’s bus. “She gives re­wards for good grades when re­port cards come out, and she al­ways has a prize or sticker to brighten a child’s day when it isn’t go­ing so well. She goes out of her way to be spe­cial and make other peo­ple’s life spe­cial.”

Clay, who lives in Kennett, has five chil­dren, one of whom some­times rides the bus with her.

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It takes Lau­retta Clay up to three hours to put on Hal­loween makeup.

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