May 18, 2023
More than 30 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) bus drivers received a good meal and heartfelt thank you at a special luncheon in Peachtree Corners. The Peachtree Station Homeowners Association (HOA) hosted the event in celebration of the 35 GCPS bus drivers from Norcross High School, Paul Duke STEM High School, Pinckneyville Middle School, Summerour Middle School, Peachtree Elementary School, Simpson Elementary School and Stripling Elementary School who safely transport students to and from home and school during the year.
Elizabeth Kay Pinder, president of the Peachtree Station HOA, explains that the event is a small gesture of appreciation for a job well done. “We thought it was a wonderful way to end the school year and celebrate the bus drivers who may not get much appreciation throughout the year and don’t always get a lot of gratitude for their hard work,” Pinder says. GCPS Bus Manager Donald Trout was overwhelmed by the gesture. “This job requires very early hours that often run into very long days,” Trout shares. “The responsibilities are very serious, and we do our job each school day with excellence. It was so heartwarming to have a community come together and offer to host a luncheon for us.”
Knuckies Hoagies, located in Peachtree Corners, also chipped in by providing food and beverages for the luncheon. Ms. Pinder says she would like to host the event again next year, turning it into an annual event.