Education: The Long Voyage Gone

Promptly at 6:45 a.m. in Mammoth, Ariz, one morning last week, ten boys and girls climbed aboard a bright yellow school bus. Behind the wheel as usual sat smiling little (106 Ibs.) Mrs. Catherine Ann Royale, 53. But this time, as she greeted her passengers, her smile was strained. To everyone on board, the strain was understandable: the yellow bus was making its rounds for the last time.

In the past nine years, Mrs. Royale's daily ride has become something of a legend, and local citizens are willing to bet that it is the longest daily school-bus ride anywhere in the nation....

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