Pasco bus driver named 2014 literacy champion

Tri-City HeraldMay 1, 2014 

A Pasco School District bus driver has been named this year's literacy champion at Thursday's fourth annual Read to Lead event.

Carlyn Kraft was recognized for using her own money to provide books for children to read while they ride the bus to and from school.

Not only are they reading, but the bus also is much calmer and safer, according to a news release from the Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia.

Kraft's innovation has led to the creation of the foundation's Books on the Bus program, providing information and resources to bus drivers interested in having books available on their buses.

Bus drivers interested in providing books on their buses can contact the Children's Reading Foundation to get more information and resources. Call 222-7323 or send an email to

Ward said the goal of the foundation is to "create a culture of literacy, and with people like Carlyn, it is a goal we can reach."

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