To keep with the theme of school bus drivers being “unsung heroes”, today we talk about them going the extra mile to help those in need.
We know that school bus drivers have a challenging and important job that requires a diverse set of skills. The stories below illustrate how the many good school bus drivers out there not only help the students they transport back and forth to school each day, but others as well.
– When 230 students and staff members of Round Top, TX, were stranded by inclement weather on a weekend where they had been participating in an academic competition, the district’s bus drivers stepped up and had a caravan of buses along snow-covered highways from Round Rock to Forth Worth, to pick up the stranded and get them home safely.
– Tammy Ritter, a school bus driver for Baldwin County, KS, saved a home from catching on fire while she was driving her morning route. After learning no one was home, she stomped out as many flames as she could and got a neighbor to go to the house with a hose. She continued on her route and brought the family’s dog with her to keep it safe.
– While driving his route in Morganton, NC, on a January morning, bus driver Larry Cornett was notified by another bus driver of a crash on his route. He saw the upside-down car with the driver still inside, pulled her out of the car, and waited with her on his bus until a highway patrol officer arrived.
– Tiger Melhem, a school bus driver in Prince Edward Island, Canada, started a charity after vacationing in Peru. He gave some money to begging children on the streets and saw them go into a local store and buy shoes with the money. His charity, Help A Kid Wear Shoes in Peru was born that day and has evolved into not only shoes for those who need them, but also medical and school supplies.
These are only a few of the good deeds that school bus drivers are involved in. Thank a bus driver for their service next time you see one. I’m sure you will make their day !