A long time ago in a little village called Four Houses, there lived a red bus whose job it was to take the children to school.

Normally, the bus would stop in the village square to collect them and take them to another village a few kilometres away, for there was no school in Four Houses.


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Each journey cost ninety-nine cents, but one day the red bus decided that he wasn’t going to charge the children anything at all, for many of their parents had no job and it was difficult to save money, and he thought it would be a good way of helping them.

The red bus was delighted to take the children for free, but after a few months his wheels were so worn out that he couldn’t even turn around and it was very difficult to move.

Short stories - The helpful bus

One morning, the mothers and fathers were ready as usual in the main square of Four Houses waiting for the red bus. But this was no ordinary day, for the red bus was twenty minutes’ late… Very slowly, he came chugging along but once he got to the square he collapsed from exhaustion. There was no way he could take the children to school today

Seeing that all the red bus wanted to do was help them help their children get a good education, the villagers decided that each family would put forward some money according to how much they could afford. Then the helpful bus could go to a garage to be repaired and be as good as new.

And so it was that all the mums and dads in the village managed to put together enough money to fix up the red bus they loved so much.

The day after leaving the garage, the red bus arrived at the village square on time to pick the children up and take them to school. He looked like new, for he had been painted, and shone so brightly you could almost see your reflection. He also had new wheels so now he could continue his helpful work for a while.

The helpful red bus had learned something very important from this adventure, which is that if you are good and help people, someone else will be willing to help you the day you need it most. He also learned that working together makes you stronger: the inhabitants of Four Houses didn’t have much money, but by working together they managed to fix the helpful bus and get their children to school.