Longtime Bus Driver Promises to Keep In Touch

Giving a warm send-off to their retiring bus driver, Laura Suprenant, are (from left) Tommy Stevens, Caleb Bientema and Alya Wilkowski

Laura Suprenant drove Rockford students to and from school for 10 years. So after retiring from Rockford Public Schools in December, she thought it only right to throw her young riders a pizza party.

Suprenant recently provided a scrumptious lunch for the students of Parkside Elementary, where Principal Larry Watters said she had a positive impact on his students. She also transported pupils at Valley View, Lakes and Crestwood elementary schools and Our Lady of Consolation Catholic School. She drove for Grand Rapids Public Schools for 20 years before that.

In her retirement, Suprenant said she plans to stay in touch with the students through volunteer work in the schools. She also intends to do ministry for the homeless in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.

Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

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