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Meet School Bus Driver Doris Bencivenga

Thirty-three years ago, Doris Bencivenga walked into her children’s school with a complaint about their bus driver – and walked out with a job. Bencivenga had told the assistant principal she thought she could do a better job as a bus driver, and then she put her money where her mouth was. Having been a frustrated […]

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Deborah Praytor in school bus

Meet School Bus Driver Deborah Praytor

Deborah Praytor, admittedly, is not the school bus driver to go to for a bear hug if you’re having a rough day. But she’s there if you need some straight talk. “I’m not a touchy-feely person,” Praytor said. However, she can level with middle schoolers looking to have honest conversations. Praytor has been transporting middle […]

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Dana Students Share Valentine’s “Manners Meal”

Dana Elementary students celebrated Valentine’s Day with style and grace Wednesday, as they shared a Manners Meal in the school cafeteria. Principal Kim Morgan said the school celebrates Valentine’s Day a bit differently than most, focusing on how to best share polite company with friends and loved ones gathered together – for any occasion. Morgan […]

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Kerrie Gosnell in a classroom

Meet School Bus Driver Kerrie Gosnell

The week of Feb. 12-16 is North Carolina’s School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, and each day one of our dedicated drivers will be introduced to the HCPS family.  Every weekday, Kerrie Gosnell starts bus #252 by 6:10 a.m., drives an hour and a half picking up Etowah Elementary students, and is back to school by 7:40 […]

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Tom and Marqueta Laughter in a school bus

Meet School Bus Drivers Tom & Marqueta Laughter

The week of Feb. 12-16 is North Carolina’s School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, and each day one of our dedicated drivers will be introduced to the HCPS family.  The open waters of the Caribbean in the summertime called Marqueta and Tom Laughter to hit the pavement driving bus routes during the school year ­– though Marqueta will […]

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Chuck Evans with school bus

Meet School Bus Driver Chuck Evans

The week of Feb. 12-16 is North Carolina’s School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, and each day one of our dedicated drivers will be introduced to the HCPS family.  With 22 years behind the wheel, Chuck Evans has seen his share of students literally grow up before his eyes. But more than that, Evans said driving a […]

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Local Schools to Celebrate School Bus Driver Appreciation Week

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 7, 2018) – Bus drivers and riders for Henderson County Public Schools will be showered with love from their school communities Feb. 12-16 during N.C. School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. Students are preparing “thank you” Valentine’s Day cards and posting signs in their schools for their drivers, while school staff members and […]

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Literacy Grant & Local Donation Fund New Kindergarten Resource

Last January, kindergarten teacher Holly McMurray was laid up in bed with strep throat, and spent her sick days applying for a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant. Today, Sugarloaf Elementary has one of the first sets of a brand new K-1 Guided Reading Collection by the company that set the standard for leveled reading. McMurray […]

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Bruce Drysdale Receives $8,500 Grant for Tech, Needs Match

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2018) – Bruce Drysdale Elementary is searching for donations to match an $8,500 Missions Grant from Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, to fund Google Chromebooks for its upper grades. Principal BJ Laughter said the school had already purchased two carts of Chrome books for the 3rd grade, and the $8,500 grant […]

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