Durham School Services driver Anthony Lewis receives esteemed District 300 Blue Ribbon Society Award

20 May 2022 12:00 PM

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Pictured: School Bus Driver Anthony Lewis

Durham School Services (DSS) is delighted to share that its school bus driver, Anthony Lewis, from the DSS team in Carpentersville, Illinois, USA, has been honored by School District 300 (D300) with their esteemed D300 Blue Ribbon Society Award. Anthony was awarded for the excellent service he provides and the significant impact he has made on the D300 community and his students. He is the first school bus driver in D300 history to receive this extraordinary award.  

Anthony was presented with the award on May 24, 2022 at the D300 school board meeting and was met with extraordinary fanfare from his students and their families, who gathered to celebrate and thank him. He was nominated for the award by Deb Mason, Director of Transportation for D300, after receiving countless praises from community members about Anthony’s phenomenal service and dedication.

“We have never seen an outpouring of appreciation like we have for Anthony,” said Deb Mason, Director of Transportation for D300. “We have received many emails from the parents of the students on his elementary school route stating what a positive and kind person he is. The staff at the elementary school share the parents' sentiments. Any time Anthony is mentioned to the Principal and other staff at the school, their first response is "we love Mr. Anthony!". Anthony has developed quite a fan club across the district. You only need to meet him once to understand what all the fuss is about.”

“Anthony is a local celebrity in the community. In the year or so that he’s been with DSS, we’ve received so many glowing emails and phone calls about him that I’ve honestly lost count at this point. They have all been about his exceptional service and positive influence on the students in his care,” said Daniel Sutherland, General Manager, DSS Carpentersville. “The feedback we’ve received has not only been about his daily routes but also field trips he’s driven where he had only met students on one occasion, yet he made a lasting positive impression. Anthony goes above and beyond his line of duty for his students and community for each and every trip he makes. Having him on our team is a true honor, and he is a great influence on our team.”

“I am very grateful to have been nominated and selected to receive this award,” said Anthony. “I love being a school bus driver. Being recognized as the first one to win this award is a great honor, and I hope that receiving this award will bring more attention to this profession and its importance in a community. It is an extremely rewarding job, and I enjoy it immensely. We need more school bus drivers so that kids can attend school and receive a proper education. If you are retired or simply looking for part-time work that also gives back to the community, this could be your calling.”