The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 29, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, January 29, 2014


School bus drivers are truly unsung heroes

I would like to take a moment to say “thank you” to a normally unsung partner in the education of our students. While it is true that our schools’ bus drivers don’t have to drive on ‘snow days’, there are many other areas in which their abilities and expertise are the difference between safety and catastrophe for our students on their daily commutes to school and for extracurricular activities.

I believe the students of Meadow Bridge elementary and high schools have a team of drivers who feel like, and in some cases are, family to the students in their care. Their dedication to keeping our students safe on dangerous routes covering extended areas such as Prince, Layland, Maplewood, Danese, Loops Road, Crickmer, Glade Creek, Meadow Bridge, Lawton, Highland Mountain, Lockbridge, Elton, Dawson Road, Sims Mt. Road, Lawn Road, Laurel Creek, Springdale, Bellwood, and Green Sulphur Springs, is usually overlooked.

Due to the varied topography of Fayette County, one of the largest in West Virginia, there are times that school is not called off for weather even though the roads through many parts of the eastern side of the county are questionable. At those times, based on their familiarity with their routes, these drivers are able to make wise calls for canceling more dangerous portions of their routes, installing chains, etc.  

Sometimes, storms come up unawares and the drivers are in the untenable position of making sure the students arrive home safely. This past weekend, we had two buses transporting both varsity and junior high boys basketball teams to and from Richwood. Upon arriving in Richwood, the snow had started to fall and made for a beautiful scene.

However, on the way home, over 46 miles of curves and mountains, the roads were quite hairy and scary. Our bus drivers, Chad and Bobby, did an excellent job of seeing that all arrived home safely.

Thank you for what you do for our kids and being such a great partner in the education of our students that goes beyond the classroom and the textbooks and extends to the community spirit and togetherness that is uniquely ours. Thank you!



Mistie Richmond

Meadow Bridge