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Local student shines spotlight on bus driver

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By The Staff

A local school bus driver’s dedication to keeping students safe and happy on the way to and from school has earned national recognition, thanks to an appreciative La Grange fourth-grader. It all started when 10-year-old Andrew of Buckner Elementary in Oldham County nominated driver Lisa Bisenius for Thomas Built Buses’ second annual Children’s Choice School Bus Driver of the Year national essay contest. Out of hundreds of nominations across the United States, Andrew’s 90-word essay earned Bisenius one of two runners-upplacements.“I think Mrs B. eeshould win the bus driver contest because she is nice, caring, and seriouseeShe is caring because once I lost something on the bus ee later I went to the office to see if it was in the lost and found. I found [it] with a mini post-it note that said ‘Andrew [last name]’ and I knew that she had found it.”A resident of Crestwood, Bisenius has been driving school buses for the past two years.For their placement in the contest, she and Andrew both received Thomas Built jackets and Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus lunch boxes. The two are also featured on Thomas Built Buses’ Web site and will be included in national publicity.Thomas Built Buses created the national Children’s Choice School Bus Driver of the Year essay contest in 2006 during its 90th anniversary year to recognize and thank bus drivers everywhere for taking such good care of their precious cargo.Now in its second year, the national essay contest has become a new Thomas Built tradition.More than 450,000 school buses in daily service make about 8 billion round trips every year, transporting at least 24 million children every day. Despite this high volume of trips and passengers, school buses have a safety record unparalleled in the transportation industry.“The industry knows how critically important the role of the bus driver is, but often the daily success of a safe and reliable trip is overlooked,” said John O’Leary, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses.