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2009 Essay Contest Winners

WINNER

DRIVER - Renea Cataldo
CHILD - Luke

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  • Number of Years Driving a School Bus - 15
  • Type of Bus - International
  • School District - Trussville City Schools, Trussville, Alabama
  • Favorite thing about being a school bus driver - "I love the element of surprise that every day brings. I can start my day not feeling well but, by the time the first child gets on the bus, I'm feeling fine. Those kids definitely make me feel special, and I love every one of them."
Grand Prize Winner, Renea CataldoGrand Prize Winner, Renea Cataldo

RUNNERS UP

DRIVER - Sam McBroom
CHILD - Chase

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  • Number of Years Driving a School Bus - 25
  • Type of Bus - Thomas Built
  • School District - Orange County Schools, Hillsborough, North Carolina
  • Favorite thing about being a school bus driver - "Being with the children on my bus. They give me love and joy just to think I can make a difference in someone's life. I have seen my kids grow up to be respectable adults. Even after they have left, they always come back to see me. I love them all."
Sam McBroomSam McBroom

DRIVER - Sheree Cook
CHILD - Susanne

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  • Number of Years Driving a School Bus - 10
  • Type of Bus - Thomas Built
  • School District - Trussville City Schools, Trussville, Alabama
  • Favorite thing about being a school bus driver - "A smile is given to say good morning, a hug when a face has a frown, a word of encouragement when there is a tear, a strong word of discipline when behavior needs improving, and an interest in grades to encourage them to do their best. Each child is unique and special to me."
Sheree CookSheree Cook

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Thomas Built Buses also would like to recognize the following drivers for the roles they play in the lives of their passengers.

DRIVER - Joe Cimmarrusti
CHILD - Aldo

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  • Number of Years Driving a School Bus - more than one
  • Type of Bus - Mid Bus
  • School District - Community Unit School District 303, Saint Charles, Illinois
  • Favorite thing about being a school bus driver - "It's rewarding to know that in some small way I have touched someone’s life, and in a big way I know they have touched mine incredibly!"

To qualify, drivers were required to have a minimum of 5 years of experience. However, this entry was a finalist, deserving of an honorable mention.

Joe CimmarrustiJoe Cimmarrusti

DRIVER - Walter Richea

  • Number of Years Driving a School Bus - 25
  • Type of Bus - Blue Bird
  • School District - Marshall County Schools, Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Favorite thing about being a school bus driver - "I love the interaction with all my kids."

More than two dozen students submitted essays nominating Walter as Driver of the Year.

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