Maple View students surprise bus drivers

Maple View students surprise bus drivers
Posted on 10/12/2021
A MVMS student hands a thank you card to a Tahoma bus driver

When bus drivers pulled into Maple View Middle School recently at the end of the school day, they were met by a crowd of students, holding colorful signs thanking them for their work.

“I think we all said they’re one of the most underrated parts of the school district,” said Talan B., a seventh-grader who is in the leadership class that came up with the idea. “Without bus drivers we wouldn’t have school. We said, ‘Let’s encourage them, and give them some motivation.’”

The effort is the first in a series of kindness projects that teacher Jen Dunham’s students want to accomplish at Maple View this year.

Students Romy C. and Shahreen T. designed smaller thank you cards, which Dunham had printed so that each member of the class could write personal messages of thanks to the drivers.

“We just wanted to do something nice for everyone,” eighth-grader Liv C. said. “I appreciate that they put the protocols in order so that we don’t get COVID, because that’s important.”

Classmates Addy S. and Macy O., both eighth-graders, said that they appreciate the fact that the drivers wake up so early, handle long drives in a lot of traffic and also often make the time on the bus fun.

Lyla B., a seventh grader, recalls one time in second grade when she had a terrible day at school, and the comfort that a simple conversation on the ride home offered. “My bus driver talked to me about it, and it just made my day better for some reason.”

Student Kassidy V. said her bus drivers are always really nice, greeting her and wishing her a great day. “It just makes you feel like someone cares and makes you feel more important,” she added.

The students made cards and signs for the drivers of Maple View’s 22 bus routes, but offered their thanks and appreciation to drivers and bus monitors throughout the district.

This article originally appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of Tahoma Matters. For more news from our schools, click here.

A Maple View student creates a colorful thank you poster for bus drivers as part of a kindness project in leadership class.
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