KSD bus driver's national story inspires others

Last Thursday, a Kennewick school bus driver acted to help a student in need, and the district is encouraging others to do the same.

John Lunceford noticed a student boarding his bus while crying. He saw the student’s hands and ears were exposed to the cold, becoming red and raw.

“I put my gloves on him and told him it’ll be OK, it’ll be OK,” Lunceford said.

According to KSD, Lunceford is a U.S. Army veteran in his third year driving buses for the district.

After dropping his bus of students at school, Lunceford headed to a dollar store. He bought ten stocking hats and ten sets of gloves and headed back to school.

He didn’t know the student’s name so had an administrator help track him down. They found the boy in the library with his class and Lunceford handed a hat and pair of gloves to him.

“I’m a grandfather, you know,” Lunceford said. “No one wants a kid to suffer like that.”

KSD’s Facebook post outlining the story swept across the nation over the weekend, the district reminding community members in need staff are always willing to help.

“There was a little girl who said ‘I don’t have a hat,’ Lunceford added. “And I said I’ll take care of you, sweetie.”

On Friday morning, KSD followed up with a new post, encouraging community members to donate to help the cause.

A webpage shared by the district allows for direct cash donations to individual schools through InvestED. Each donation is matched to help provide needed clothes and supplies to students in need.