A teacher assigned her 8th-graders to pick a leader and write an essay. Most kids wrote about famous people, but a stu dent named Julius titled his pa per “Benny: The Man on the Bus.”
“I’ve been taking a public bus to school for years,”he wrote. “Most passengers were going to work and almost no one ever talked to anyone else.
“About a year ago, an elderly man got on the bus and said loud ly to the driver, “Good morning!”Most people looked up an noyed and the bus driver just grunted1.
“The next day the man got on at the same stop and again he said loudly, “Good morning!”to the driver. By the fifth day, the driver greeted the man with a cheerful “Good morning!”and the man said loudly, 訫y name is Benny. What’s yours”“The driver said his name was Ralph.
“That was the first time any of us heard the driver’s name and soon people began to talk to each other and say hello to Ralph and Benny. After about a month, Benny extended his cheerful “Good morning!”to the whole bus. Within a few days his “Good morning!”was returned by a whole bunch of “Good mornings”and the entire bus seemed to be friendlier.
“If a leader is someone who makes something happen, Benny was our leader in friendliness.......