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“I wanted them to be excited about going to school”;  Pewaukee bus driver lights up school buses with art

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“I wanted them to be excited about going to school”; Pewaukee bus driver lights up school buses with art

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PEWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CBS 58) – A Pewaukee school bus driver turns school buses into ghoul buses for Halloween!

Felicia Goines is the artist and she also drives a bus for GO Riteway Transportation.

“Everyone is so stressed and so stupid that they can see out a window and pass a bus,” Goines said.

Getting back to school this year has been tough for students everywhere, but Goines is making sure these students start their days off on the right foot.

Ghosts and monsters, pumpkins and princesses – a different colorful design on each window.

His art caught the attention of many of Pewaukee’s little eyes.

“I was like ‘is this even our bus,’ said Mya, a second grader at Pewaukee Lake Elementary School.

“I’ve never painted windows before and always wanted to be an artist but unfortunately never followed that dream,” Goines said.

Goines lost her marketing job last year and it led her to that new dream job: bus driver for the Pewaukee School District.

“It was the absolute best job I could have, being able to make the kids happy,” Goines said. “Working with children just makes me happier at what I do and I feel more appreciated. “


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And she’s good at making kids happy. As a mother herself, Goines knows how to make her students feel special. In fact, that’s exactly how Mackenzie, another sophomore on Goines’ bus, described it.

“It’s just special,” Mackenzie said.

Goines started out by painting monsters and a few Halloween creatures on their own bus windows.

“I wanted them to be excited for school, so I thought about what my kids would enjoy,” Goines said. “So I made it like all these other kids were my kids.”

After seeing his designs and the students’ reactions, other drivers started asking him to paint their windows as well.

“I started to see all the children, or to hear them [say] as they walked past “I want to be on the monster bus, I want a painted bus and it just kind of spiraled from there,” Goines said.

She has now painted over a dozen buses and is counting. She has received requests from teachers like Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story.

Pewaukee School District Superintendent Mike Cady says he’s proud to have Goines on his staff.

“We always say that whatever role you play in school, you can make a positive impact, and she’s a perfect example of how someone has taken on their role, used their talents, passion and creativity and had a positive impact, ”Cady said.

The colorful windows could stay on throughout the school year, Cady says he would like her to do other holiday-themed artwork. Goines says she would love to make a turkey trotting theme for Thanksgiving.

“Every time there’s a new bus or something new that I do, they, [the students], clap and they shout and they say “oh we have the coolest bus” and the kids they pass and they judge which bus is the coolest they are like “oh I’m on that bus” or “I ‘ am on the monster bus’.

Cady says Goines art has more impact than she thinks.

“I think doing things like Felicia did – something to look forward to every day, something new and different, more colorful and exciting, it’s really important.” Cady said. “Because if children come to school happy and in the right frame of mind, they will learn more and have a better day.”


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