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Clarkston school bus drivers Pam Kaczor, Diane Hodson, and Amy Turner check out their gift bags. (click for larger version)
June 02, 2010 - When Paula Rumbold-Elosegui of Independence Township heard about 20 percent pay cuts for Clarkston school bus drivers, she did more than feel sorry for them.

She embarked on a month-long fund raising project to provide gift bags to each and every driver. She and her family, husband Robert and children Corey, Tyler, Riley, Jordyn and Kyle, arranged a surprise presentation, May 27 at the district bus garage.

"It's nice, what she's done," said Kevin Bickerstaff, director of transportation. "The drivers will be surprised they're wondering what's going on."

"It's so wonderful it's nice to be appreciated," said driver Pam Kaczor, receiving her gift bag.

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"It's awesome, very thoughtful" said co-worker Amy Turner.

Fred Haynes, who is retiring this year, drove the Rumbold children to school for the past seven years.

"They've been a great support for us," Haynes said. "We need more families like that."

Businesses provided $1,850 in donations and gift cards for each driver, Rumbold-Elosegui said.

"They really came through," she said. "On Main Street, almost every single business donated."

Here is a list of donors:

The Kirk Family

The Wenzlick Family

McDonalds on Sashabaw

Culvers

The Johnson Family

The Lussenhop Family

The Galaviz Family

The Garland Family

The Kacanowski Family

Rudy's Market

Union Woodshop

Morgans Service LLC

Grattan Optometry

KH Homes

Graphic Wizard

Lakeview Food Basket

Leo's Coney Island

Pine Knob Wine Shoppe

The Lyons Family

Diane Fisher

Bernie & Rosemary Rumbold

Tammy

Ruby Tuesday

Fountains Golf & Banquet

Dairy Dream

Family Video

Dr. Wendy McFalda

Jackie Fromm

Rochelle McLetchie

The Lowell-Myszenski Family

The Waste Jar

Union General

Garwood & Associates

Teresa Balhorn

Mazza Autoparts

McDonalds on Dixie Hwy

The Lovse Family

Dairy Queen

Mogill, Posner & Cohen

Kroger on Sashabaw

Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Genter Family

Glitz

Great Turtle Toys

The Cicchini Family

Kelly Forbes

The Kerrigan Family

Hannah & Taylor Leonard

Bellezza

Sharon Cole

Clarkston Hair Design

Rosie

The Durrant Family

Caribou Coffee

Luxor

Guido's

The Chupinsky Family

Sandy Walters

The Grindling Family

The Seguin Family

Clarkston Union

The Ritchey Family

The Anderson Family

The Roland Family

The Wenzel Family

The Clarkston Conservatory

The Bruderick Family

The Wright Family

Salvation Army

Digs Consignment

Randolph's Salon

The Pierce Family

The Jorgenson Family

Pita Way

Jamie DeCobber

Kelli Ehlers

Carrie

The McKenzie Family

The Clarkston News

The Kubli Family

Bob & Kelley Kostin

Avatar Studios Pam Brown

The Rumbold-Elosegui Family

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and all of the numerous anonymous donations

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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