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Limousines for Children Increases Business, Causes Concern

LCT Staff
Posted on June 11, 2002

Children being picked up from school in limousines was a common phenomenon in the Kansas City area a few weeks ago when schools let out for the summer. Several limousine companies in the area that business was way up due to parents renting limousines for children.

Twelve-year-old Allison Reber and her friends were picked up in a limousine from Mill Creek Elementary School after graduating from the sixth grade. It was a graduation gift from her parents.

?It might be a bit much to get a limo for a sixth grader, but I think she enjoyed it,? said Doug Reber, Allison?s father.

Many parents rented limousines as end-of-the-year rewards or graduation gifts for children as young as kindergartners.

Many school administrators oppose the idea of rewarding young children with limousines. They are concerned that such rewards may spoil the children.

?Personally I think it's a little early,? said Jim Wink, principal at Indian Woods Middle School in Overland Park. ?This is something for high school juniors or seniors to look forward to.?

Parents hiring limousines for students didn?t trouble Traci Koon, principal of Liberty Middle School.

?My belief is parents are always looking for a way to motivate and reward their children,? she said. ?And if a parent chooses to rent a limousine...that's their prerogative.?

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