Bus Driver with ‘Christmas Spirit’ Honored by Students

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Any day is a good day to tell someone how much they are appreciated. Some school children had a holiday surprise for their beloved bus driver.

Usually just a handful of Onaway Elementary students are waiting to be picked up at their stop on Morley Road and South Woodland in Shaker Heights.  But, bus driver Fred Taylor found dozens of children and their parents there Thursday morning.

“No wonder nobody is at the bus stop. Love you guys,” Taylor said while blowing kisses to the students and their parents.

Mr. Taylor’s riders said he has the ‘Christmas spirit’ all year round and they just wanted to show him how much he is appreciated.

“Mr. Taylor, he’s the most warm-hearted, compassionate person, who you would ever meet. He is much more than a bus driver to us,” said parent Todd Corbin.

For the way Mr. Taylor ‘warms’ their heart; they had a holiday gift for him — a new warm coat.

“I love the coat. Being a stage four cancer survivor, it’s a wonderful thing to be here to put smiles on your faces and joy in her heart,” he said.

Mr. Taylor has missed some time driving bus #64 in the past 20 years.  He is a two-time cancer survivor who underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2009.

The students said Mr. Taylor makes them feel special every day, so, they just wanted to show him how much they appreciate him.

“Every one of you and your children are special to me. These are my babies too. You might have had them biologically, but they’re my children too. Thank you so much,” Mr. Taylor said while giving the children a group hug.