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Produced during the 74th Annual

Missouri Photo Workshop.


Transportation in rural America is not always an easily accessible service, but in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, bus driver Johnna Craven is a resident who gets community members on the road. This life-long resident spends her entire day driving buses. She drives the “Dino” route for the Excelsior Springs school district in the morning and afternoon, and for the city bus service in the middle of the day. 
Craven is also the center of her family, as she raises her grandson Maddox, and shares a home with adult daughter Kelly, who works as a bus monitor for the school district buses. Despite facing many challenges, including divorce, homelessness and the loss of loved ones, Craven continues to press on, being a driving force in her community.

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