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Bus Drivers The Latest Targets of Anti-Sitting Extremism

Lebanon, Pennsylvania’s school district offers exercise classes to bus drivers to get them out of their seats.

Photo by Flickr user Jenni Douglas.

Another win for the anti-sitting movement: a Pennsylvania school district has just begun offering physical fitness classes for its school bus drivers, who spend most of their day ass-to-seat. The city bus drivers of Lebanon, Pennsylvania congregate twice a week to do step-up lounges, lift some dumbbells and throw around some medicine balls. The classes were made available to the bus drivers after a school district transportation official observed that the drivers had put on a little weight. If sitting can kill you, than being a bus driver (or working all day in an office chair) is a death sentence. Luckily, though the classes aren’t mandatory, Lebanon’s bus drivers have been enthusiastic in their attendance.

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California's education budget crisis continues to spur some seriously heroic acts of sacrifice. Last week we reported on Jocelyn Lam, a Los Angeles area fifth grader who donated her $300 life savings to save her school's teachers from layoffs, sparking a community-wide fundraising drive. Now Michele Miller, a principal in the Rescue Union School District in suburban Sacramento, is selling her entire 350-pair shoe collection to save teacher and school staff jobs in the district.

Miller says her first passion is children—she's been an educator for 28 years—but her second love is shoes. She has an entire room in her home devoted to her collection. But with a budget shortfall of up to $2 million looming, every librarian, bus driver, and health aid; three vice-principals; and 17 teachers in her tiny seven-school district are set to lose their jobs. Miller says she "couldn't sit back and watch this happening without coming up with some creative solution," so she decided to put her shoes up for "adoption" and charge $1,000 each.

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