By Jake Goodrick
Cronkite News 

Bus driver creates Navajo Legacy of Excellence


Last updated 6/3/2019 at 2:31pm

Jake Goodrick/Cronkite News

Freddie Yazzie puts pictures of local legends in his school bus, which he calls the Legacy of Excellence. "When I think about it, I'm part of their education," Yazzie said.

GANADO, Ariz.-At precisely 6:55 each school day morning, Freddie Yazzie puts his bus in gear and cautiously pulls out of the bus yard beside the Ganado Unified School District main campus. 

For 26 years, Yazzie has driven school buses for this quiet Navajo community, and in that time, he shaped his role beyond that of a chauffeur for the elementary, middle and high school students on his route. 

As Yazzie sees it, he changes lives. 

From the outside, his school bus, No. 153, looks similar to any you're likely to see anywhere during the school year: yellow paint, a backdoor emergency exit...

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