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Principal Uses FaceTime to Read to Students on School Bus in Snowstorm

A principal from the Lower Moreland School District took action to keep students calm when their bus was stuck in terrible traffic due to a snowstorm. Dr. Brian Swank, principal at Pine Road Elementary School, told CBS Philly he received a phone call from a parent of a fifth-grader who said the bus was stuck in traffic, so he decided to call that student.

While they were on the phone, the student told him that the younger kids were “freaking out.” Swank then had the idea to get the kids’ minds off of the road conditions. Using FaceTime, Swank called the student again, assuring them the “grown-ups” on the bus, along with police, would make sure they would get home safely. After that, he began to read books to them to pass the time. After four-and-a-half hours, the traffic began to move and the bus was able to drop the students off.

“I just FaceTimed with our students that are still stuck on buses. They are warm and in good spirits. I read them some books and assured them that the grown-ups are working hard to get them home safely.” —Dr. Swank pic.twitter.com/3ppc5cL0PF

Possible Preaching Angle:

God shows the same compassionate attention to his adult children when they are fearful, stressed, and feeling helpless. He is the one who promised “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) and through his Word we find strength and hope.


CBS Philly, “Principal Reads To Students On FaceTime While School Bus Was Stuck In Traffic During Snowstorm” (11-16-18)

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