LESD Bus driver

Litchfield Elementary School District student transporter Andrea Hauck missed the 105 students she regularly transported on her No. 5 bus route before COVID-19 closed Arizona’s schools for the remainder of the academic year, so she decided to send them a sign.

Actually, it was 16 signs.

In between professional development training and refresher courses the district is conducting for transportation staff while they are unable to drive their routes, Ms. Hauck purchased materials, made the signs and placed them along her route just before Easter.

“Ms. Andie, Spike, and the Bus Dragon Family MISS YOU!!! We can’t wait to see you next school year!!! Stay strong!!!”

“I wanted them to have something year to year other than me that they would relate to,” she said of Spike during an April 17 phone interview. “The kids are adorable. They’ll pat him on the head and say, ‘good morning, Spike.’”

The signs were a hit with LESD families, several of whom greeted Ms. Hauck with signs of their own as she made her way through neighborhoods along her route, which includes stops in Buckeye, Goodyear and Litchfield Park.

“It was really sweet,” she said. “A bunch of my families came out.”

Cassidy Snider, a student at Scott Libby Elementary, and her sister Bailey, a student at Belen Soto Elementary, were among those who held up colorful signs telling Ms. Hauck how they feel about her.

“Ms. Andie is such a joy and positive example for the kids and the parents,” the girls’ mom, Jessica Snider, said via email. “She is really loving and takes pride in what she does. Ms. Andie is the first person our children see every morning and she sets the tone for their entire learning experience. She is truly one of a kind.”

Ms. Hauck, who has been driving for LESD for 2 1/2 years, said transporting students is the best job she’s ever had.

“I have the world’s most wonderful group of kids and co-workers,” she said.

-This article appeared in The Independent, Litchfield Park publication. Article written by Kelly O’Sullivan

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