There are heroes in our land today that never receive any recognition.
Some of these are a child's first acquaintance with education.
Now a teacher might be the first one who comes to our mind.
But I speak of the bus driver for which the kids wait in line.
For a moment, put yourself in the bus driver's shoes,
And I'm sure you will find that it's a job you might not want to choose.
Just think what it would be like to baby sit for sixty kids or better,
And remember you must chauffeur this bus load of kids regardless of the weather.
I must admit, to be in front of a classroom with 20-30 kids wouldn't be a picnic,
But to drive 60 kids over icy roads would set my nerves on edge and make my stomach sick.
A school bus driver is like a postman and must go regardless
of rain, snow, gloom and darkest of night.
But no postman ever had to have 60 kids, clean up their mess, or break up a fight.
A child can have a bad day at school without any warning,
But can be forgotten when a bus driver says,
"Have a good evening, I'll see you in the morning"
Ask any student, what heroes of theirs never received any fame,
And I'll bet a bus driver will be among those that they name.
This poem was written by David Arnold, a custodian in Brownsville, Illnois