The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean School Bus USA program has partnered with Scholastic to publish The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up as a special edition to Scholastic’s The Magic School Bus series of children’s books. The story centers around teacher Ms. Frizzle and her class taking field trips on the Magic School Bus, which has been fitted with a diesel particulate-matter filter on its tailpipe. Intended for students in kindergarten through fourth grade, the book teaches readers about the importance of clean air, how to reduce diesel emissions, idle reduction, and ways their community can help reduce health risks from diesel exhaust. Diesel school buses release emissions that can cause respiratory disease and worsen conditions such as asthma, particularly in children.
“The Magic School Bus for decades has entertained children and educated them about how innovation and science can make the world better,” said Leslye Schaefer, Scholastic Media Senior Vice President. “Scholastic is thrilled to join the EPA in its effort to educate children and their families about clean air and to make the Magic School Bus more environmentally friendly at the same time.”
The special edition is intended for use in libraries, schools, state and local air programs, non-profit education and outreach campaigns, and for other targeted opportunities to increase awareness of the importance of reducing diesel emissions. The book is free and can be ordered from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications, EPA’s publication warehouse.
The project is an effort by the EPA’s Clean School Bus USA, which brings together partners from business, education, transportation, and public health organizations to eliminate school bus idling, add pollution control devices to buses, and replace the oldest buses with new, cleaner buses. The program is part of the National Clean Diesel Campaign.
“President Bush and EPA are making that black puff of diesel smoke from school buses something children only learn about in history class,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock. “This book is a fun way to inspire our children to make our communities cleaner, healthier places to live.”