There are many important and significant people in a child’s life – their parents, siblings and other family members, of course, but also the adults that guide them through their education and help navigate the challenges of growing up. Teachers are part of this group, as are classroom aides, administrators, and, for many, a school bus driver.
The primary responsibility of a school bus driver is to ensure that children get to and from school safely and on time every day. However, as a constant figure in children’s day-to-day routines, bus drivers can also play an important role. Drivers know their students, ask about their days, and treat them with care and respect. And, in turn, students often grow to care for their drivers as well.
Earlier this month, students and colleagues of one Maine bus driver showed just how much they appreciated and cared for Jamie Creamer. In an emotional show of support for the beloved school bus driver, the South Portland High School marching band and a convoy of 20 school buses traveled to the parking lot of a local hospital, where Creamer was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation to treat neck cancer.
Creamer was surprised and speechless. “I feel so blessed,” he said, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Creamer has been working as a bus driver in the school district for 12 years, driving students not just to and from school, but to games and other events. According to students, he goes above and beyond his bus driver duties, asking about their lives, watching for bullying, and even attending their athletic competitions. Because of that level of care, he has become a beloved figure in many students’ lives.
The show of support was spearheaded by students and organized by the superintendent, transportation coordinator and band director. The entire high school signed a banner that read “Get Well Jamie,” which was delivered to Creamer following the band performance. Now, he says, he can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.
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