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For STN EXPO keynote presenter and ‘Survivor’ Yul Kwon, success in the classroom — and in life — was made possible by lessons learned on the yellow bus


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ul Kwon has two young daughters, and like any doting father he has high hopes for their future. Tis includes them re- ceiving a quality education, something he


realized as the son of immigrants from South Korea, who came to the U.S. speaking little English and with $200 in their pockets. “We grew up learning to love education in the class-


room,” said Kwon, the featured keynote speaker at STN EXPO on July 22 and perhaps better known as the host of last year’s four-part miniseries “America Revealed” on PBS. “For a lot of families, particularly immigrant families, education is the ladder you climb.” But the rungs are not always easily reachable, especially


for students who live in rural communities or who come from low-income families with limited or no transportation options. If kids can’t get to school in the first place, Kwon


me to get the type of education that I needed to be able to provide a better life for myself and my family.” Kwon, 38, made a similar observation last spring while


filming “America Revealed.” For the episode, “Nation on the Move” last April that focused on transportation infrastruc- ture, Kwon visited Kingman School District in Arizona and rode school bus driver Mike Meehan’s route. In addition to sharing with viewers how the district utilizes GPS for rout- ing its fleet of 53 buses across a region the size of Delaware, Kwon called school buses the “lifeblood” of education for millions of students across the nation that otherwise would have no options for getting to school. “Tere’s no system like this anywhere in the world,”


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said during a phone interview in March, it can be nearly impossible to obtain the necessary education to get ahead. Tat’s where school buses enter the equation. “Riding the school bus was absolutely critical to allowing


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