WCS bus drivers recognized by Baker Youth Club

Warsaw Community Schools’ bus drivers were recognized at the BYC annual fundraiser. Photo Provided.
News Release

WARSAW — Warsaw Community Schools’ bus drivers were recently recognized at the Baker Youth Club annual fundraiser.

BYC honored their daily commitment and hard work by presenting them with the Community Partner Award.

Several years ago, BYC started acknowledging people that support BYC and impact lives within the community.

Recently, the award was renamed in order to honor John Elliott and his influence on BYC for over 25 years, according to a news release from Warsaw Community Schools.

“After the passing of John Elliott in January, BYC wanted to keep his name associated with the organization,” said Tracy Furnivall, BYC’s executive director.

“His influence on our organization was incredible. We felt that his involvement with BYC, and in this community, needed to be recognized. Naming our ‘Community Partner Award’ after John Elliott was a small way to keep his legacy of community involvement going forward for a long time!”

BYC recognizes that the partnership with the WCS is crucial to its success because the transportation department plays a large role, according to the news release.

Tracy said, the support of our program, from the leadership at WCS and the work and effort by Mark Fick, WCS director of transportation, is critical.

“Thanks to Mark and his team, they get children to school in the morning and to BYC after school; it’s why we can serve approximately 275 children daily. We are very fortunate for this partnership and want to recognize them for their dedication and efforts,”
Furnivall said.

Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert added, “WCS is so proud and thankful for the efforts of our transportation department.  Every day they go above and beyond to serve the kids of our community. Recent years have been challenging for transportation departments across the nation due to lack of drivers. There have been days when everyone from our director to our mechanics have picked up routes to ensure safe and caring delivery of our students. The BYC recognition for this staff is a perfect example of their heart and dedication to our community.”