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Crosslake celebrates bus drivers

In darkness and daylight, on dirt roads and multi-lane highways, from warm spring days to frigid winters, Minnesota school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school each day.

Crosslake Community School bus drivers Julie Riley (left), Jadell Hathaway, Roxie Roberts and Dick Ulrich received recognition Wednesday, Feb. 22, which was Minnesota's first-ever School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
Crosslake Community School bus drivers Julie Riley (left), Jadell Hathaway, Roxie Roberts and Dick Ulrich received recognition Wednesday, Feb. 22, which was Minnesota's first-ever School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Theresa Bourke/Echo Journal

In darkness and daylight, on dirt roads and multi-lane highways, from warm spring days to frigid winters, Minnesota school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school each day.

To honor this important profession, Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Wednesday, Feb. 22, the first-ever School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota.

Crosslake Community School took that opportunity to recognize the drivers dedicated to safely transporting students to school every day.

When the buses pulled up to school that Wednesday, students climbed off and rushed to get cards and gifts for their drivers. Todd Lyscio, the school's executive director, read Dayton's proclamation explaining how vital bus drivers are to the Minnesota community.

The four Crosslake drivers - Julie Riley, Jadell Hathaway, Roxie Roberts and Dick Ulrich - received much applause.

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