S.C. schools aim to calm kids with bus music

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

 School is no carnival, but some students in South Carolina may feel like they're on a ride to the Magic Kingdom when classes start back Thursday.

That's because some school buses in this area will be playing music and prerecorded announcements from the same kind of system used on many rides and trolleys at Disney World and other theme parks.

The idea is not to entertain but to soothe — and perhaps cut down on discipline problems, said Jim Wright, director of transportation for the Horry County School District that includes this city of almost 20,000 and Myrtle Beach on the northern South Carolina coast.

"Traditionally, school buses are pretty hostile environments," he said. "We're hoping that by changing the environment and the surroundings that it will improve their mood on the bus and be a little more calm during the bus route."

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