Reid Moon, a retired school bus driver from Zelienople, Pennsylvania, has made connections with hundreds of students lasting into adulthood.
In a recent interview with Steve Hartman of the CBS Evening News, Moon described the students who boarded his bus over the 23 years he was a bus driver as “his kids,” not biologically but emotionally, anyway.
Moon began working as a school bus driver after he fell off a roof and was unable to continue working as a handyman, and he wanted a job closer to the ground. However, years later, Moon emphasizes that “no job has lifted him higher,” said Hartman.
Moon, who is also a pastor, officiated the wedding of over 20 of his students.
Even though Moon retired from the school bus, former students recently took one last ride with him as their driver, in their old assigned seats, no less.
His former students relayed to CBS News’ Hartman the two rules Moon had for his school bus: Love and respect for others.
“I’m convinced when you love and respect people, most of the time that’s what you are going to get back,” Moon concluded.
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