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First time bus riders prepare for school year

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Incoming Kindergarten student Kelly Rose McSwords practices safely exiting a school bus during an emergency. Helping her are bus drivers Aleithra Ball (left) and Shelly Smith, part of the annual First Time Riders open house, which was held at Whittier Elementary School on July 29.

At the event, sponsored by the district's Transportation Department, pupils got the opportunity to explore school buses up close, learn about safety, take a ride with their parents, participate in hands-on mechanical activities and meet Buster the Bus, a talking, miniature remote-controlled school bus.

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