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Tuesday February 5, 2019 at 10:27am Age: 198 days
Category: District


Minisink Valley bus driver Grace White was honored for her 33 years of accident-free driving by Woodmen of the World, a fraternal organization that promotes the values of family, community and country and recognizes individuals who perform outstanding services to the community, on Feb. 5.


At a ceremony at the Minisink Valley Transportation Center, Mrs. White was celebrated for her driving record in addition to her reliability and commitment to student safety.    


Mrs. White, whose family moved to Minisink in 1780, is a 1977 Minisink Valley graduate.


Her family has a long history with Minisink Valley’s transportation services. Her father was the bus garage’s head mechanic; and her mother drove a bus and worked in the office.


Mrs. White --- a Kiwanis Club and 4-H member ---began as a substitute bus driver in 1985. She, her husband (also a Minisink graduate), daughter and two grandchildren live in the district.


Transportation Director Tom O’Donnell added Mrs. White is now driving the grandchildren of the children who used to ride her bus.  


“She has an outstanding safety record and is a great school bus driver,” he said.


PattiAnn Harp, a Woodmen of the World representative and colleague bus driver, presented the award and commemorative pin to Mrs. White.