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Eleven years and hundreds of kids

Bus driver Darcy Harris impacts countless students’ lives
Stu Mair
His eleventh year as a bus driver for the school, Darcy Harris strives to impact kids’ lives for the better.

When the students step on to generic yellow school bus 16, they are greeted with a smile and a happy hello. When they step off, they are told a cheerful goodbye and told to be safe. Though the bus may be generic, the driver, Darcy Harris, is anything but.

“I have been driving Bus 16 for eleven years now,” Harris said. “There are only three bus drivers that have been driving for as long or longer than me.”

Harris originally began driving the bus due to life circumstances.

“I had just lost my job at Home Depot, and I needed extra money,” Harris said. “So I thought, “Hey, I’ll drive this bus for a year.’”

His plan changed as he quickly got hooked on his new job.

“[Driving the bus] just kind of pulls you in,” Harris said. “You get attached to the kids, and I definitely didn’t plan on staying as long as I have, but it’s [too hard] to think about quitting. The kids here in this district are so nice, and so good.”

Harris has been a constant in many kid’s lives.

“He has been my bus driver since 1st grade,” sophomore Chase Roberts said. “And he gets along with everybody.”
But there’s more to Harris’s life than driving the bus.

“I have another job, I do property management, which is the care of rental property,” Harris said.

These are only some of the entries on a colorful resume.

“Actually, after I graduated college, right after, I taught karate and self-defense at Collin County College,” Harris said.

Unlike many bus drivers, Harris interacts with the kids he is charged with transporting.

“It’s really fun listening to what [the kids] have to say. When [the kids are] older it’s routine, but when [the kids are] younger, you just never know what they’re going to say,” Harris said. “It’s like, what’s it gonna be?”

Many of the students appreciate Harris’s approachable attitude.

“I liked him as a bus driver because he was really nice and genuinely cared about us,” senior Natalie Scott said. “When there would be bad weather he would take time out of his day to make sure we got [home] safely. He’s very understanding of how young teenagers are and instead of screaming and getting mad he would calmly talk to us instead of being condescending and demeaning.”

While Harris portrays a cool and calm demeanor, he doesn’t hesitate to enforce the rules.

“I actually went seven years without writing people up, I hate it, that’s the worst part of the job,” Harris said. “But if I have to, I will.”
Although disciplining students is something Harris doesn’t like, the rest of his job more than makes up for it.

“I absolutely love seeing the kids grow, it’s the best part of the job, seeing them get older and start driving and graduating,” Harris said. “Truly [driving this bus] is the best part of the day. Being allowed to be a part of these kids’ lives, that’s my favorite part of being a bus driver.”

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Jordan Toomey
Jordan Toomey, Lead Reporter
You’re walking in the halls. There’s no one around and your phone is dead. Out of the corner of your eye, you spot it: Senior Year. Entering her third and final year in newspaper, Jordan kind of feels like her leg is caught in a bear trap. High school has flown by and now that it’s her final year, she...feels exactly like she did all the other three years. It’s really not a big deal. She just wants to leave. Aside from using an excessive amount of actual cannibal Shia Labeouf references, Jordan also enjoys binge eating excessive amounts of chocolate, watching way too many YouTube videos, and taking naps in odd places (Ex: On top of bar stools). Jordan thinks she’s probably the best person who’s ever lived, and though several people have tried to convince her otherwise, she remains confident in this fact. If she could marry anyone in the whole world it would be Whataburger. Jordan is looking forward to doing more opinion pieces this year, because although she excels at and love news writing, she has a lot of thoughts that she would like to share. If you’re ever sad, talk to her, because she gives a lot of good advice. On the other hand she’s very blunt about it, so approach with caution. She is way too sarcastic for her own good and sometimes crosses several fine lines, but the good news is this - she doesn’t care. In closure, this bio is all over the place but that’s okay, because it’s just a normal Tuesday night for Shia Labeouf.
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Stu Mair, Photo Editor
Stu Mair has been taking pictures of things for years, but has only been on The Red Ledger’s staff for a year. Now the editor of the photo department, he ensures that noteworthy events receive coverage from the Red Ledger. Stu splits his time between several extracurriculars, which has severely adverse effects to his amount of sleep. He is passionate about many things, and photography is one of those things. When he isn’t standing on the sideline taking photos of various sporting events, he can be found reading textbooks or chilling by the pool. Stu is sad that his high school career and his time at the Red ledger is coming to an end, but he is also excited to head to college and turn over a new page in life.

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