‘You my little buddy’: Berkeley County bus driver changes kindergartner’s life

An unlikely pairing that became best friends is what happened to a bus driver for Berkeley County School District.
Published: Jun. 14, 2023 at 6:26 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2023 at 4:55 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - An unlikely pairing that became best friends is what happened to a bus driver for Berkeley County School District known as “Mr. Charles” when he met Kameron, a Cane Bay Elementary student that just finished kindergarten.

Kameron is Mr. Charles’ second pickup and drop-off in the mornings and afternoons on his school bus out of over 70 of his students.

For Kameron, kindergarten did not start out like the average kid.

“We found that he was having a lot of negative behavior issues that landed him in the principal’s office several times a day almost every single day,” Kelly Eisenberg, Kameron’s mom, said.

Mr. Charles says he noticed this with Kameron and decided to step up.

“I said, ‘Look, you my little buddy,’” Mr. Charles said. “And I said, ‘We’re going to do this together and every day that you be good, Mr. Charles is going to have a prize for you on a Friday.’”

One of Kameron’s teachers, Stephanie Williams, a special education teacher at Cane Bay Elementary, says she would take Kameron out to the bus at the end of every school day.

“And ever since that day, there’s not been a problem,” Williams said. “He’s been fantastic and wonderful. Trying new things.”

Eisenberg says she feels comforted knowing her child is safe.

“It’s like night and day,” Eisenberg said. “And all it took was one special person to give Kameron a little bit of his time and it just made all the difference in the world, for both Kameron and ourselves.”

Mr. Charles says when he switched school districts to drive for Berkeley County, it was for a new environment. However, little did he know the reasoning would be Kameron.

“He’s very special to me and I’m just hoping that it’ll always be that way,” Mr. Charles said.

Williams has been teaching for over 20 years and has seen some kids really find mentorship in teachers or staff.

“I’ve never seen an instance where one child’s attitude, behavior and outlook on everything has completely done a 180 like Kameron’s did with Mr. Charles,” Williams said.

The two regularly have McDonalds and ice cream dates and Mr. Charles even attends Kameron’s baseball games on the weekends. They have plans to continue that over the summer and go back to their routine on the school bus in the fall, where it all started.

“Love you!” Kameron Eisenberg said.

“Oh, I love you too, buddy!” Mr. Charles said. “I love you. Mr. Charles will always love you man.”