About three inches of snow has fallen in Dickinson, ND, but school was still in session on Friday for students in the Dickinson Public School District, and there is a local bus driver in the district who makes parents feel better about their children getting to school safely.
When the weather is bad out you want Bob Holland behind the wheel of your child’s school bus.
“I have driven in worst weather conditions than we have had today (Friday), ” said Holland.
Holland is 80 years old, and he has driven a school bus No. 3 for Harlow’s school bus service in Dickinson for about seven years.
“Get’s me out of the house . . . something to do. I would of been gone long ago if I didn’t have the people I’m working for,” said Holland.
On a day when most children are looking for school to get canceled, so they can enjoy a “snow day”, Holland is proud to say that in all the years he driven a school bus for Harlow’s, he has never called in sick.
“There is no worry with Bob. Not at all. . . not with Bob,” said Burton Lewton, Harlow’s transportation manager in Dickinson.
Lewton also said that no matter what the weather is like outside, Holland makes the trip to school fun for the kids.
“The thing that amazes me most about Bob . . when the kids get on the bus he’s asking them all types of questions”.
Holland said recenlty he has been asking the kids, “If they have their Christmas tree up ” and “if they are waiting for Santa”.
The majority of his student passengers are kindergartners and first graders, and on a day when the roads were slippery and slushy he felt right at home.
“I feel safer in a bus than I would in car. . . a pickup would be a different case, ” said Holland.
Holland has lived in Dickinson more than fifty years and is considering retiring at the end of the school year.