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Sunday’s Sampson Independent

School bus drivers make an impact


They usually can be found in the background, quietly doing their job without bringing much attention to themselves.


But in many ways, school bus drivers are on the front line, the first person a student comes in contact with each day and, for many, the last person in the educational realm they see each afternoon.


They rise early and stay late, traveling, before the week’s end, thousands of miles across this county. And they do it safely, always keeping in mind that the passengers they pick up and bring back home each day are our most precious possessions.


They treat them as such, too. Not only do they use great care and caution while driving students back and forth to school each day, they act as a child’s friend, cheerleader, disciplinarian and coach, seeing to it that children feel good about themselves.


They can — and often do — set the tone for a child’s day.


Their cheery greeting and their bright, sincere smile can change a child’s attitude quickly, showing them that someone cares and wants them to have the best possible day.


While classroom teachers make a tremendous impact on our students every day, teaching and nurturing young minds, molding them into free thinkers, you can be sure educators aren’t the only ones who make an impact on a child while they’re at school.


Bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and custodians also have a hand in the educational process, and they do a tremendous job of sparking interest in children and making them feel special.


Kindergarten children may not remember the math lesson they had last week, but you can be sure they’ll remember the bus driver who gave them a special seat up front for the ride home, the cafeteria worker who gave them an extra roll or the janitor who showed them how a wrench was used.


And all of those things are important, too.


We tip our hats to the bus drivers in both the city and county school systems, to the transportation services staff who see that safety is at an optimum level, and to all the other support staff who help make school special for thousands of our children each and every day.


Buses will roll again Monday, and parents can be assured that those behind the wheel of those bright yellow vehicles have your child’s safety utmost in the minds.

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