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A look inside Redstone buses

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Along with many schools starting up again this week, afterschool programs are dusting off their doors to be swung wide open for the kiddos.

Redstone Arsenal’s program is ready to go and so are their buses.

Riding the bus is just another part of going back to school, but for drivers like Butch Cowart, it is much more than routine.

“I love this job. Like I said, I’m 68, I’m retired from post office and military. I’ve got a job I like so I’m just gonna keep on doing it,” said Cowart, motor vehicle operator at Redstone Arsenal.

Butch starts his day about 1:30 in the afternoon. He picks up his route book and heads to the bus.

“First thing I’m doing as I’m walking up to the bus is I’m making a visual inspection of bus. No cracks in the windshields.  Looking to make sure about tires. Emergency door is operational,” explained Cowart.

Then, it’s time to inspect the inside. “Make sure your rails are secure. Make sure your entrance way is not blocked. I grab each one of the seats to make sure the seats are fully fasten to the floor and make sure none that are loose,” said Cowart.

You can’t forget one of the most important safety features: the seat belts.

Cowart picks up anywhere from 10-20 kids and takes them to the afterschool program on Redstone.

After about a 15 to 30 minute check, it’s time to hit the road. “We pick up at 27 different schools,  Huntsville City, Madison County and Madison City Schools,” said Cowart.

When it’s time to go through the gate, the kids know what to do. “Once we approach the gate, it’s a quiet bus. The guards are really good about talking to kids and joke around with them. We haven’t had any issues,” stated Cowart.

Then, the children get dropped off at their appropriately aged center.

Butch said many kids can’t wait to get to their afterschool program, and it helps the parents out just as much. “This program is outstanding. It works really good for the contractors and the active duty people who have kids go to school in the Madison/Huntsville area,” said Cowart.

When the day is done he looks forward to tomorrow.

“I love working with the kids. When you leave at the end of the day, you really want to come back, it’s that type of job,” exclaimed Cowart.

The bus and afterschool programs at Redstone start up again this Wednesday.

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