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NEWS RELEASES 1999-00

NEWS RELEASES 1999-00 :: MARCH 27, 2000

3 NC SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS HONORED WITH SCHOLARSHIPS

Chatham County School Bus Driver Honored With Scholarship

Doris Snipes, a 15-year bus driver for the Chatham County Schools, was one of three North Carolina bus drivers to receive the annual Thomas Built Buses School Bus Driver Scholarship. Thomas Built presented one scholarship for each region of the state. Snipes received the scholarship for the Central Region.

Snipes summarized her important responsibility as a school bus driver. "I take the responsibility of a bus driver very seriously. In my 15 years of driving, I have only had a substitute driver for five days. I think it is important for children to see the same face driving them to school each day. I also drive because I love the job and I enjoy being a part of my community's children's lives."

George Hancock, assistant principal at Perry Harrison School in Pittsboro, spoke highly of Snipes. "Not only is she a reliable and competent bus driver, she also is a veteran, accomplished teacher's assistant. Her communication skills and positive, nurturing attitude make her a true asset to our staff."

Snipes has twice received the Tracey Lee Calhoun award for Chatham County, an award that is presented to an outstanding driver in the county schools, in addition to being selected as Bus Driver of the Year six times.

The $3,000 renewable scholarship awards may be used by a school bus driver or a family member at a two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must have a clean driving record, be currently employed as a bus driver, and have been a bus driver for five of the past six years. Snipes received the scholarship on behalf of her son, Jamie, a high school senior who plans to major in Computer Science at North Carolina State University.

John W. Thomas III, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses, presented the scholarships at the North Carolina Pupil Transportation Conference. Thomas said the scholarship program provides the company with "an excellent opportunity to give back to an education community that has done so much for Thomas Built Buses." Thomas Built Buses, a subsidiary of Freightliner Corporation, is a major supplier of school bus bodies and chassis.

For more information, contact Derek Graham, Transportation Services, DPI, 919.807.3571.


Dare County School Bus Driver Honored With Scholarship

Kennette Joyner, a 10-year school bus driver for Dare County Schools, was one of three North Carolina bus drivers to receive the annual Thomas Built Buses School Bus Driver Scholarship. Thomas Built presented one scholarship for each region of the state. Joyner received the award for the Eastern Region.

Joyner said that school bus drivers have a very important job. "The safety of my passengers is in my hands, which is why dedication and commitment are essential to safe school transportation"

According to Laura Phelan, assistant principal at Kitty Hawk Elementary School, "Kennette has driven a bus for several years for both middle school and elementary school children. She is always dependable and shows great care in carrying out her duties. The safety of her students is utmost in her mind."

Joyner is also a teacher at Kitty Hawk Elementary. Interim Superintendent Kenneth Wells notes that "outside of her driver responsibilities, Joyner is now completing her 23rd year as a teacher. She is an active member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, assists with the annual March of Dimes and Easter Seal campaigns, and helps at the Hotline thrift store. She also assisted with the flood relief efforts in our surrounding counties."

The $3,000 renewable scholarship awards may be used by a school bus driver or a family member at a two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must have a clean driving record, be currently employed as a bus driver, and have been a bus driver for five of the past six years. Joyner received the application on behalf of her son, Brandon, who is a graduate of Manteo High School and a sophomore at Appalachian State University where he is majoring in Criminal Justice.

John W. Thomas III, President and CEO of Thomas Built Buses, presented the scholarships at the North Carolina Pupil Transportation Conference. Thomas said the scholarship program provides the company with "an excellent opportunity to give back to an education community that has done so much for Thomas Built Buses." Thomas Built Buses, a subsidiary of Freightliner Corporation, is a major supplier of school bus bodies and chassis.

For more information, contact Derek Graham, Transportation Services, DPI, 919.807.3571.


Lincoln County School Bus Driver Honored With Scholarship

Elaine Smith, a nine-year school bus driver for Lincoln County Schools, was one of three North Carolina bus drivers to receive the annual Thomas Built Buses School Bus Driver Scholarship. Thomas Built presented scholarships to each region of the state. Smith received the award for the Western Region.

Smith said that she does more than just drive a school bus. "Sometimes you are a teacher, a friend, a referee, and a mother. "

DeAnna Finger, assistant principal at Rock Springs School, recommended Smith for the scholarship. "She takes her job very seriously and takes pride in her ability to deliver students safely to and from school each day. She loves her job and, most importantly, she is a good person. She believes that working hard is very important and she strives to convey this to the rest of our staff."

In addition to driving a school bus, Smith also is a mentor in the Communities in Schools (CIS) program at Pumpkin Center Middle School. Cynthia Williams, the CIS site coordinator, speaks highly of Smith. "She cares about the CIS students and her genuine concern for them is very strong. She always provides an on-going relationship with her assigned student or students."

The $3,000 renewable scholarship awards may be used by a school bus driver or a family member at a two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must have a clean driving record, be currently employed as a bus driver, and have been a bus driver for five of the past six years. Smith received the scholarship on behalf of her daughter, Melissa, who plans to use the scholarship funds to pursue a degree in Poultry Science at North Carolina State University, where she is currently enrolled.

John W. Thomas III, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses, presented the scholarships at the North Carolina Pupil Transportation Conference. Thomas said the scholarship program provides the company with "an excellent opportunity to give back to an education community that has done so much for Thomas Built Buses." Thomas Built Buses, a subsidiary of Freightliner Corporation, is a major supplier of school bus bodies and chassis.

For more information, contact Derek Graham, Transportation Services, DPI, 919.807.3571.

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


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