Snowshoe. �They don�t want to get up. They�re tired all the time.�
Becki Furbee�s 6-year-old son, Max, will enter the first grade
at Marlinton Elementary Monday. Last year, she sometimes received notes from
Max seems sleepy, the notes
�The teachers always tell us the Snowshoe kids are so tired. No
tomorrow.� When I was young I loved school.�
Tommy Evans dashed through the spring rain and hopped into his
bus for the ride home. He sat in the front seat behind the driver.
The little children always sit near the front, the middle
Some children open books and try to read or tackle homework,
but it�s difficult on the bumpy, twisting ride. So boys play hand-held video
games, girls practice putting on lipstick.
�If you ride this two times a day, five days a week, man, it
gets old real fast,� said Seth Morgan, 8, a second-grader at Marlinton
Elementary. �As soon as I get home, I eat, drink, do my homework, go to bed. I
don�t have time for anything else.�
Sometimes children urinate in their pants on the bus. Sometimes
�If they start to get sick, we know to get the trash can,� Seth
Around him, children used their fingers to scribble messages on
fogged windows. They typed �7734� into a calculator, then flipped it upside
down to spell �hell.�
The older children played �truth or dare,� the younger
ones, �bubble gum, bubble gum, in a dish.� There were games of �mercy�
and �scissors, paper, rock.�
�The first person to bleed is out,� said Hanna Giddings, 12, a
They also counted bolts.
They counted the bolts along a seam that seals two sections of
the bus roof.
�Everyone on the bus can tell you there are 46 bolts,� said
Alexa Furbee, 13, Becki Furbee�s daughter, who has been on the same grueling
bus run since kindergarten.
The bus splashed through Slatyfork, pulled up at a mobile home
park. A mother drove up on a lawn tractor to pick up her daughter, rain soaking
The bus barreled up Snowshoe Mountain, past the chairlifts and
out the window and smiled.
�Hey, hey, I�m almost home,� he
He was asked how long he rides the bus each day.
�It takes about eight hours,� he
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