New Jersey Crash Leaves 2 Dead

School transportation crashes continue to be rare and interested parties are at work trying to improve student experience nationally. Still, today we’ve lost another student. Three buses were traveling to a field trip from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey, when one of the buses collided with a dump truck. There were 38…

Quotes: Washington Irving

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. From Washington Irving In the time I spent in recovery and in specialized treatment for PTSD, I…

Quotes: Toni Morrison

If there’s a book you wanted to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison In the twenty years between the crash and the publication of my book, I studied school transportation. I made it a part of my job to research crashes and compare and contrast them to…

Quotes: John Hobbes

There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts: before this and after this… From John Hobbes Kari

Quotes: George Eliot

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope. George Eliot Those first moments of awareness were profoundly horrifying. The weight of the…

Quotes: Steven Aichinson

People change for two main reasons: either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken. From Steven Aichinson My heart was definitely broken. So were many others’. But in the aftermath, my mind was opened, too. The crash, for many of us, was a paradigm shifter.

Quotes: Maya Angelou

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. From Maya Angelou We had so many facts related to our bus crash. Fact after fact filled page after page and document after document. We were swimming in facts. Facts are dry and measurable. Facts are limited in scope – they…