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June 24, 2013  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

School bus driver inspires struggling student to graduate


KINGSTON, N.Y. — A high school student who was ready to quit during state testing got a crucial boost from her school bus driver, the Daily Freeman reports.

After her first day of Regents Examinations — New York's statewide standardized exams in core high school subjects — Destynee Duncan boarded Ken Boisvert's bus and said that she wasn't going back for the second day. "She was angry; she hadn't done well," Boisvert told the news outlet. "She was going to quit."

Boisvert, a driver for Ethan Allen Transportation, told his passenger about his own struggles when he was a student, and he stressed the importance of getting a high school diploma. "I said, 'You don't have a shot if you don't graduate. So I told her about myself. ... And I said, 'You can do it, too.'"

Duncan returned for the next day of Regents testing, and she went on to graduate, inviting Boisvert to attend the ceremony. Boisvert and Duncan tell their story in this video from the Daily Freeman:

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Good for you! Sometimes all it takes is kind words of encouragement from someone who has been there to show the student they are not the only one who has struggled.

Brian    |    Jun 25, 2013 07:45 PM

Way to go Ken - sometimes it really does take one person to make a huge difference in someone's life. Keep up the good work! Destynee - go for it girl - you can do anything! Carol Uecker SD DOE - Pupil Transportation Contact

Carol Uecker    |    Jun 25, 2013 12:16 PM

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