Reasons for yellow US school buses – level 2

14-02-2024 15:00

Over time, most school buses in the US became the same yellow color. In the past, many children walked or used horses to go to school. Later, red, white, and blue buses took children to support patriotism.

In 1939, a professor at Columbia University met with teachers, engineers, and other experts. They wrote a document of 42 pages that was about school buses. Experts recommended to make the school buses yellow because black letters on yellow can be seen easily. Also, yellow buses were more visible in bad weather.

The yellow color got its own name, and although no law says that school buses must be yellow, most of the 480,000 school US buses are yellow.

Difficult words: patriotism (the feeling that you love your country, and you are very proud of it), recommend (to say what someone should do), visible (something that people can see).

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