The Energy Bus written by Jon Gordon
Presentation by Mrs. Minerva Hernandez
WHO IS FAMILIAR WITH THE
ENERGY BUS BY JON GORDON?
THE ENERGY BUS FOR KIDS?
THE STORY LINE: AN OVERVIEW
The main character, George, is an average
young child who is having a bad day.
He meets his new bus driver Joy.
Joy teaches George the “rules of the bus”
which are really life lessons.
George’s outlook on life is drastically
THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE ENERGY BUS
Rule One: Create a Positive Vision
Rule Two: Fuel Your Ride with Positive
Rule Three: No Bullies Allowed
Rule Four: Love Your Passengers
Rule Five: Enjoy the Ride
WHY THE ENERGY BUS
George represents all the children. Each
child can connect to George.
On the playground a student was being bullied.
Where before students remained as
bystanders now students would chant “No
bullies allowed” which was learned through
The Energy Bus.
Now that we know what The Energy Bus is
HERE ARE THE LOGISTICS
EVERYONE SHOULD BE ON BOARD
An expectation for a positive environment
must be established by the program, each
campus, each Youth Leader, each family, and
MEETINGS AT EACH CAMPUS
Clear expectations of a positive culture
should be shared with Youth Leaders
working directly with students.
PARENT MUST COME ON BOARD TOO
Parents are invited to an Energy Bus
revitalization day (Parent Event)
Rule #2 Fuel Your Ride with Positive
Rule #3 No Bullies Allowed
Rule #4 Love Your Passengers
Make a Difference
CREATE A PLAN TO MAKE SURE YOUR
CHILD STAYS ON BOARD!
Keep a Weekday Schedule, make it consistent
Model with your child the four Positive Rules
Creating a vision/goals: morning, evening, and future
Fuel the ride with positive energy: Positive thoughts
No Bullies Allowed: Shut the door on energy zappers!
Love your passengers: Follow the Golden Rule!
NOW THAT ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS HAVE
BEEN INVITED AND INFORMED WE ARE
READY TO START
MATERIALS FOR GETTING STARTED
One story book for each Youth Leader
One ‘My Energy Bus Journal’ for each student in
-Ordered by Project Coordinator
One printed copy, free of charge using the given
website, of ‘My Energy Bus Journal’ for each
Youth Leader and Specialist
One printed copy, again free of charge using the
website, of the Teacher’s Guide for each Youth
Leader and Specialist
-Printed by the Program Specialist
MATERIALS FOR GETTING STARTED CONT.
“Once you replace negative thoughts with
positive ones, you'll start having positive
Give your Youth Leaders your expectations
to remain positive. If you are positive it will
trickle down to the Youth Leader which in
turn will trickle down to the children, then to
their siblings, their parents, this programs is
for the entire community.
THE ENERGY BUS HAS TO BE POSITIVE
It’s easy to get caught up in negativity
throughout the day.
Positivity is crucial for a successful program.
Don’t let the traffic ruin your day.
Don’t MAJOR in MINOR things.
Negativity vs. Positivity
Youth Leaders present a 10 day lesson plan
with extended activities (optional)
Each lesson tends to be Project Based
Can be connected with Lights On!, Read
Across America, and Parent Events.
NORTHSIDE LEARNING TREE: LIGHTS ON!
The Energy Bus was read to the students
Youth Leaders delivered the 10 day lesson
THEN the students created fun projects and
presentations and presented to parents for
Lights On! Parent event.
THE ENERGY BUS IS VERSATILE FOR ALL
Often times programs such as these aren’t
adaptable throughout the age groups but The
Energy Bus is.
Each grade had their own projects designed,
by the youth leaders, for each grade level.
All children created bus tickets as an
invitation for their parents to attend the Lights
On! Parent event.
You’re Invited On My Bus!
You are receiving this ticket for:
A Ticket of Appreciation
for your Positive Energy
NORTHSIDE LEARNING TREE: LIGHTS ON!
their efforts at
WHAT THE STUDENTS PRESENTED
This is a compiled list of what the kids
Kinder and 1st: Sang and danced to the wheels
on the bus
Second: Wrote and presented a skit about
bullying, sang and danced to their
favorite songs, and read (in Readers
Theatre style) their favorite rule from
The Energy Bus
WHAT THE STUDENTS PRESENTED CONT.
Third: Read poems about bullying and
what it bullying means to them, they
also wrote a script and sang a song
Fourth: A rap was created by the children
about the Energy Bus and the rules
not only did they rap but they also
choreographed a dance to go with it,
and a stomp and dance routine
Fifth: Students also interviewed teachers
about how they stay positive and