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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Kindergarteners at Clear Creek Elementary (from left back Erik Tamez. 5, (front left) Caelyn Young, 5, Christian Montgomery, 6 can Camille Chandler, 6, laugh at each other as Gus the Bus speaks to them individually. In October 1983, rookie teacher Laura Ladd Jones took a job as CMS' bus safety teacher, driving a brand new Gus the Bus to elementary schools to give lessons. Since then she's visited more than 500,000 children, some of whom are teachers and administrators now. And after 30 years she isn't interested in retiring: "Gus is still an important job to me." Ladd Jones visited Clear Creek elementary kindergarten and pre-k students as the voice of Gus the Bus on Wednesday October 23, 2013.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    In October 1983, rookie teacher Laura Ladd Jones took a job as CMS' bus safety teacher, driving a brand new Gus the Bus to elementary schools to give lessons. Since then she's visited more than 500,000 children, some of whom are teachers and administrators now. And after 30 years she isn't interested in retiring: "Gus is still an important job to me." Ladd Jones visited Clear Creek elementary kindergarten and pre-k students as the voice of Gus the Bus on Wednesday October 23, 2013.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Clear Creek Elementary kindergarteners wave goodbye to Gus the Bus after a safety presentation at the school. In October 1983, rookie teacher Laura Ladd Jones took a job as CMS' bus safety teacher, driving a brand new Gus the Bus to elementary schools to give lessons. Since then she's visited more than 500,000 children, some of whom are teachers and administrators now. And after 30 years she isn't interested in retiring: "Gus is still an important job to me." Ladd Jones visited Clear Creek elementary kindergarten and pre-k students as the voice of Gus the Bus on Wednesday October 23, 2013.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Gus the Bus urges children like John Golub, 6, a kindergartener at Clear Creek Elementary, to look under the bus seats to see if anyone is in the bus talking to them. In October 1983, rookie teacher Laura Ladd Jones took a job as CMS' bus safety teacher, driving a brand new Gus the Bus to elementary schools to give lessons. Since then she's visited more than 500,000 children, some of whom are teachers and administrators now. And after 30 years she isn't interested in retiring: "Gus is still an important job to me." Ladd Jones visited Clear Creek elementary kindergarten and pre-k students as the voice of Gus the Bus on Wednesday October 23, 2013.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Lori Waller's kindergarten class listens attentively to Gus the Bus' safety message at Clear Creek Elementary. In October 1983, rookie teacher Laura Ladd Jones took a job as CMS' bus safety teacher, driving a brand new Gus the Bus to elementary schools to give lessons. Since then she's visited more than 500,000 children, some of whom are teachers and administrators now. And after 30 years she isn't interested in retiring: "Gus is still an important job to me." Ladd Jones visited Clear Creek elementary kindergarten and pre-k students as the voice of Gus the Bus on Wednesday October 23, 2013.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    In October 1983, rookie teacher Laura Ladd Jones took a job as CMS' bus safety teacher, driving a brand new Gus the Bus to elementary schools to give lessons. Since then she's visited more than 500,000 children, some of whom are teachers and administrators now. And after 30 years she isn't interested in retiring: "Gus is still an important job to me." Ladd Jones visited Clear Creek elementary kindergarten and pre-k students as the voice of Gus the Bus on Wednesday October 23, 2013.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Kindergarteners at Clear Creek Elementary listen as Gus the Bus quizzes them about safety during a presentation at their school. In October 1983, rookie teacher Laura Ladd Jones took a job as CMS' bus safety teacher, driving a brand new Gus the Bus to elementary schools to give lessons. Since then she's visited more than 500,000 children, some of whom are teachers and administrators now. And after 30 years she isn't interested in retiring: "Gus is still an important job to me." Ladd Jones visited Clear Creek elementary kindergarten and pre-k students as the voice of Gus the Bus on Wednesday October 23, 2013.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Clear Creek Elementary kindergarteners file out for a safety presentation from Gus the Bus. In October 1983, rookie teacher Laura Ladd Jones took a job as CMS' bus safety teacher, driving a brand new Gus the Bus to elementary schools to give lessons. Since then she's visited more than 500,000 children, some of whom are teachers and administrators now. And after 30 years she isn't interested in retiring: "Gus is still an important job to me." Ladd Jones visited Clear Creek elementary kindergarten and pre-k students as the voice of Gus the Bus on Wednesday October 23, 2013.
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    Ortega Gaines - The Charlotte Observer
    The Gus the Bus safety program visits kindergartners and first-graders at Lansdowne Elementary in the early 1990s.
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    Fred Wilson - The Charlotte Observer
    (8/18/1983) Butch Moran of Thomas Built Buses paints the original Gus in 1983.
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