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Choice Bus Rolls into Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- There is a jail cell in the back of the Choice Bus.

"It shows them what they should be doing while they're in school and more reasons to stay in school and not drop out," Kenny Ope said.

The Choice Bus is a blunt reminder to students about the importance of staying in school.

"Seventy-five percent, they say, of crimes are committed by dropouts, 75 percent of prison inmates are high school drop outs," said Chet Pennock, a Choice Bus presenter.

Students who visit the bus say it makes them want to stay on the right path.

"I've met people in my life who have gone down that path, the path of going to jail and making choices and how they wish they went and graduated high school and gone to college and gotten a diploma," Grace Kennedy said.

But not everyone is thinking about their future.

"Some kids they don't think through their choices that they're making," Kenndy said. "They think, 'Oh I'll be fine what's the worst that could happen,'"

That is where the Choice Bus' jail cell comes in.

"We get gasps, we get, 'I have a relative incarcerated,' we have people who stay on the bus and ask how they might escape certain situations," Pennock said. "So you name it and it occurs."

And that is why the Choice Bus is out on the road.

"It basically showed us that as tough as things are now, it's never as tough as it will be if we're in jail," said Ronnell Page with Communities in Schools.

A bus helping students get to the right path in their lives.

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