Through all types of weather, they drive all types of students to and from schools; one of the more important but often unsung components of a school district.

Every year, Oregon School District staff recognizes those valued employees, and several long-time drivers with service anniversaries were honored during last month’s annual OSD Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast.

Bruce Carl was given special recognition for 50 years on the job, as well as Connie Carl (40), Wayne Ace (35) and Dan Elmer (25). Others not able to attend the event also with service anniversaries were Judy Kersten (25 years), Mike Brown (10 years), Clyde Gallagher (10 years) and BJ McMahaon (five years).

The event was attended by district superintendent Brian Busler, school board members and other district staff. OSD communications director Erika Mundinger said the “school community is grateful for our dedicated bus drivers who safely transport students to school each day.”

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