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INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS


A Fount of Learning Springs Forth in Missouri Tanks to a large grant from the Blue


Springs Education Foundation and countless donations, a retired school bus has been given a second life as a shiny new mobile computer lab that will bring new learning resources to children in the Kansas City suburb. Tough the Learning Bus has made several public appearances, it officially “went to work” in mid-April, said BSEF Executive Director Katherine Barton. Te Women Endowing Education (WEE) Group, a subgroup of the education foundation, provided the Blue Springs School District with a multi-year grant to create the Learning Bus. Te purpose of the WEE grant was to


have a large impact on student achievement for more than just one classroom, Barton explained. Last month, the bus began rolling into a


different neighborhood on weekday eve- nings between 5 and 9 p.m., giving students direct access to the Internet and educational websites. “Mid-Continent Library is partnering with


us, and their website also connects to all kinds of good educational websites. So it sets up opportunities for students to come on the bus and access materials they normally wouldn’t have access to at home,” added Barton.


DID YOU KNOW that people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have …


• A 15-fold increase of being in a traffic accident? In 2000, 810,000 U.S. drivers were involved in a motor vehicle accident related to OSA, and 1,400 led to fatalities. • Double the healthcare costs? Studies show that patients with OSA have higher utilization rates and incur greater costs than non-OSA patients for up to 10 years before diagnosis.


• Higher incidence of presenteeism (showing up for work tired with low productivity)? Studies show that employees with OSA also have a much higher number of lost workdays (absenteeism) and rates of work disability.


Source: Occupational Health ResMed


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28 School Transportation News May 2013


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