MAHOMET, Ill (WCIA) — Everyday, kids run to their school buses eager to go home, but one bus driver makes running to the bus even more exciting. Now, staff and students are honoring her.
“I had two small, little boys, and I didn’t want to leave him all day. And so, an add came up for a bus driver in Mahomet,” says bus driver Linda Gyuran.
Fast forward to now, 36 years later, and Linda Gyuran is still in the driver’s seat.
She’s driven countless students around for years, but she never thought she’d be doing it for this long. Her reason for staying was simple.
“I never did consider leaving driving the bus because I love it,” says Gyuran.
She says since she was young, she always knew she would end up working with kids. Gyuran has made it her mission to be a friendly face through the years—someone students can rely on.
“Ask them how their day is, you know, when they do get back on…because sometimes there day’s not really good when they got on or when they get off,” she says. “They’re just like, you know, adults. We have our bad days, but sometimes we tend not to think about little kids.”
And checking in with those kids each day has gone a long way. Kids run to her bus, and some even greet her with a hug.
“I know every name on my bus,” says Gyuran.
Those names have brought her many memories over the years—almost too many to keep track of.
There’s been so many, I couldn’t even name [them all]…I wish I would have kept a journal…you know that show ‘Kids say the Darnest Things?’ They do,” says Gyuran.
But sadly, this is her last few days making those memories. She will retire at the end of this month, and students will have to say farewell.
“I love driving the kids because every day is a new day with these kids,” says Gyuran. “You never know what’s going to happen…I’m going to miss it.”