JASPER — After a school year full of interacting with residents of the Suwannee Valley Nursing Center from their buses, members of the Hamilton County School District’s transportation department had an extra surprise in store earlier this month.
With the school year winding down, the bus drivers stopped by the nursing home to visit with their resident fans.
“It’s just so precious that they were that caring,” said Kim Williamson with the nursing center.
The visit came after the residents spent the year waving at the bus drivers every day as they pulled out of the bus barn across the road from the nursing home as they went to pick up children from school.
Williamson said throughout the year, the bus drivers always had a wave or even a honk in return for the residents.
However, Transportation Director Ward Daniels approached management at the nursing home about a personal visit.
That visit also included shirts for a pair of residents — Kenny Neff and Eileen Thompson – who never missed a day. Thompson is a former school bus driver herself.
“They were there every single day,” Williamson said.