2 dads in costume known as ‘Bus Stop Pops’ excite kids en route to school

Students in a Maryland neighborhood got a special sendoff Thursday — the last day of school in Baltimore County — from a couple of dads who have been working hard to make the school year fun.The last day of school is always exciting — but for some Jacksonville Elementary School students, the bus stop has been fun all year thanks to two dads who call themselves “Bus Stop Pops.”A friendship and an idea were born after Adam Clement and Nick Jones met when their girls started kindergarten this year. They surprise the children by wearing different costumes each week.”We’re just two dads with a little bit too much time that want to make our kids laugh,” Clement said. “Our bus actually picks our kids up, goes down the street and passes us back by. So, we normally sit there and wave.””We were joking around one day when they were coming back and said, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be ridiculous if we were in some sort of silly costume for the kids?'” Jones said.And, so it began each week with a different theme.”We did upside-down handstands, we’ve done gorillas,” Clement said.”The tyrannosaurus chasing the archaeologists, that was probably one of my favorites. That and the elf on the shelf,” Jones said.”The water balloon thing, with the pie in the face, I like a pie part the best,” said Emilia Hull, a student.”I think it’s super cool. We didn’t know what to think at first, but I think it’s turned into something really special for the kids,” said Clement’s wife, Brooke Clement.”We never know what they are going to come up, but with every week, they always end up topping the last,” said Jones’ wife, Kate Jones.On Thursday, the children boarded the bus for the last time and headed to the cul-de-sac to turn around as the Bus Stop Pops prepared their final surprise for the end of the school year.”It’s not to the point where we’re embarrassing our kids yet, but it going to be more fun once we start,” Jones said.

Students in a Maryland neighborhood got a special sendoff Thursday — the last day of school in Baltimore County — from a couple of dads who have been working hard to make the school year fun.

The last day of school is always exciting — but for some Jacksonville Elementary School students, the bus stop has been fun all year thanks to two dads who call themselves “Bus Stop Pops.”

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A friendship and an idea were born after Adam Clement and Nick Jones met when their girls started kindergarten this year. They surprise the children by wearing different costumes each week.

“We’re just two dads with a little bit too much time that want to make our kids laugh,” Clement said. “Our bus actually picks our kids up, goes down the street and passes us back by. So, we normally sit there and wave.”

“We were joking around one day when they were coming back and said, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be ridiculous if we were in some sort of silly costume for the kids?'” Jones said.

And, so it began each week with a different theme.

“We did upside-down handstands, we’ve done gorillas,” Clement said.

“The tyrannosaurus chasing the archaeologists, that was probably one of my favorites. That and the elf on the shelf,” Jones said.

“The water balloon thing, with the pie in the face, I like a pie part the best,” said Emilia Hull, a student.

“I think it’s super cool. We didn’t know what to think at first, but I think it’s turned into something really special for the kids,” said Clement’s wife, Brooke Clement.

“We never know what they are going to come up, but with every week, they always end up topping the last,” said Jones’ wife, Kate Jones.

On Thursday, the children boarded the bus for the last time and headed to the cul-de-sac to turn around as the Bus Stop Pops prepared their final surprise for the end of the school year.

“It’s not to the point where we’re embarrassing our kids yet, but it going to be more fun once we start,” Jones said.

Contributed by local news sources

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