School bus driver Lurlean Hinton-Hodges, shown second from left, received the Milwaukee Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Education for starting a reading program on her bus.

School bus driver Lurlean Hinton-Hodges, shown second from left, received the Milwaukee Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Education for starting a reading program on her bus.

MILWAUKEE — A school bus driver here was recently recognized for her efforts to boost the literacy skills of the students on her bus.

Lurlean Hinton-Hodges, a school bus driver with Lakeside Bus, a member of the Student Transportation of America (STA) family of companies, was awarded the Milwaukee Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Education during a local school board meeting on Dec. 20.

The award is given to individuals within Milwaukee Public Schools who have demonstrated an initiative to foster growth and learning in students.

Hinton-Hodges has developed a reading program on her school bus that encourages all students to read instead of play on their devices, and to help, she keeps a variety of children’s and educational books on her bus. As a result of her program, her bus has received the fewest student discipline write-ups for the year at the Browning School, according to STA.

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