School bus driver brightens students’ days with wacky costumes
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.
It takes Lauretta Clay up to three hours to put on Halloween makeup.