Greenville City Schools Honor Veteran Bus Drivers

I would hire more in a minute because I love their work ethic, I love their dedication ... Patricia Martin

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Greenville City Schools honor Military Veteran bus drivers. (Front L-R) Diana Shaffer (Navy), Kerry Hanna (Army), Gailen Wilson (Army National Guard). (Back L-R) Micah Thorp (Army National Guard), Michael Woody (Marine Corps). (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – Greenville City Schools honored its Military Veteran bus drivers at the school’s bus garage with a special Veterans cake and snacks Friday afternoon.
Each veteran driver we given a decorative tin thermometer and thanked for their service to America and Greenville City Schools.

Greenville City Schools honor Military Veteran bus drivers. (Front L-R) Jody Harter, Director of Administrative Services; Diana Shaffer (Navy), Kerry Hanna (Army), Gailen Wilson (Army National Guard), Doug Fries, Greenville City Schools Superintendent; (Back L-R) Micah Thorp (Army National Guard), Michael Woody (Marine Corps). (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We salute our drivers who have served our country but for me, I salute them in two ways, both as veterans and then their willingness to come out and drive for the school district,” said Greenville City Schools Superintendent, Doug Fries. “Their dedication in both ways is greatly appreciated by everyone in Greenville City Schools.”

Transportation Supervisor for Greenville City Schools, Patricia Martin thanked the Veteran drivers and applauded their dedication and work ethics.

Greenville City Schools honor Military Veteran bus drivers. (Front L-R) Diana Shaffer (Navy), Kerry Hanna (Army), Gailen Wilson (Army National Guard). (Back L-R) Patricia Martin, Greenville City Schools Transportation Supervisor: Micah Thorp (Army National Guard), Michael Woody (Marine Corps). (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“I am very pleased that we have as many veterans as we do that work for us,” Martin stated. “I would hire more in a minute because I love their work ethic, I love their dedication.”

The five US military veterans driving for Greenville City Schools include: Diana Shaffer (Navy), Kerry Hanna (Army), Gailen Wilson (Army National Guard), Micah Thorp (Army National Guard), and Michael Woody (Marine Corps).

Greenville City Schools has openings for bus drivers and invites those interested to contact the Memorial Hall Office or the Transportation Office located at 511 Markwith Avenue, Greenville.

Greenville City Schools Transportation Department honors Military Veteran bus drivers with photo wall at office on Markwith Avenue. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We are always looking for anyone who has an interest in driving a bus,” said Mr. Fries. “It’s something that there is a shortage of not only in the area and in our community but across the state. We certainly appreciate the people that are willing to go out and dedicate their time to this.”

“We’re looking for people not only as full-time but as substitutes even on an extracurricular trip,” Fries added. “If you have an interest in any of those types of things feel free to contact us at Memorial Hall.”

Training is provided on both a bus and with classes and the school will help pay for training.

“We have onboard instructors that will help and I will do everything I can to help get them through the process,” Martin said. “Stop at the office or call 937-548-3185 and press 7 and it brings you right to transportation. The transportation office open 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Greenville City Schools honor Military Veteran bus drivers with special Veterans Day cake. (Gaylen Blosser photo)