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Longtime elementary school bus driver retires

July 27, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
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HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- Morgan County Schools bus driver Nancy Hendershot is retiring after more than three decades behind the wheel.

Hendershot drove for the school system for 35 years, with 22 of them as a driver for Pleasant View Elementary School.

Pleasant View principal Nicole Fox said Hendersot was much more than a school bus driver and is considered a member of the Pleasant View family.

Hendershot also volunteered as a guest reader and a volunteer secretary, she said.

"She always arrived early to do her evening runs, and while waiting for dismissal, Nancy would answer phones, make copies, sort and deliver teacher mail or whatever was needed," Fox said.

Hendershot taught bus safety to Pleasant View students every year, and she was praised for maintaining student discipline and having a good rapport with them, Fox said.

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"I hope I left a good impression on the kids," Hendershot said.

"Nancy has been such a fixture at the school that she has been nominated for service personnel of the year," Fox said.

Hendershot said the best part of her bus driving years was noticing the changes in students as they progressed from kindergarten through fifth grade.

"I got to know them, and I will miss that. They are like your own kids," she said.

Hendershot is looking forward to spending more time with her family, but she is not leaving the Morgan County school system. She will begin this school year as a substitute teacher aide and bus aide.

"We are grateful to have her on the substitute list, but we will miss her as a committed, dependable bus operator," Fox said.

An open house retirement celebration to honor Hendershot will be Sunday, Aug. 1, at the Pleasant View Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m.

The community center is across from the elementary school on W.Va. 9.

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