“I thought I was only going to do this for 10 years or so,” says George, now 78. “It was nice to do the traveling.”
For those 25 years, he mostly worked with elementary school children. This year, he changed his route, now working a high school track for York Catholic, but that doesn’t stop him from being recognized. Even years later, he still has former students approaching him – some now with children of their own.
“We went to a ballgame,” George says, “and this mother hauled her two kids over and said, ‘Hey! Do you remember me?’”
Driving the bus is a way for George to get out of the house, he says, but Barbara, who drove a bus herself for 13 years, still busts him about the job.
“When you die, they’ll probably bury you in the bus,” she says with a laugh.
George wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I learned a lot from those kids,” he says. “I just want the kids to have a decent driver.”