The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in labor shortages in a huge number of industries. One obscure, yet critically important, position that has been hard to fill is…school bus driver. As a result, many rural school districts have a limited amount of seats on buses. This causes major issues for parents needing to get their kids to school.
Summit County, Colorado is a school district with limited seats on the school bus. 13-year-old Josh Smith of Frisco, Colorado decided to take matters into his own hands. The youngster has been kayaking two miles across the Dillon Reservoir each day to get to school. His father helps him carry the kayak to the water each morning and keeps an eye on his son from the shore. Truly awesome.
The youngster is getting national attention and drawing attention to the bus driver shortage. When the reservoir freezes over in the winter, Josh Smith plans to cross country ski to school. An Unofficial tip of the cap to this motivated youngster.