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February 06, 2014  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

School bus memorabilia: What’s in your collection?

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One of the items in my school bus collection is this Christmas tree ornament that my aunt bought for me shortly after I joined the magazine.

In my last blog post, I discussed learning about the passion our readers have not just for safely transporting students, but for school buses in general.

In response to my post, many of you shared what your favorite school bus is, and I enjoyed reviewing the photos that some of you sent to us.  

Another aspect of our readers’ enthusiasm for school buses that I find interesting is that many have extensive collections of school bus-related memorabilia.

A particularly impressive collection belongs to Jason Leeth, whom I interviewed in 2008. He shed light on how he came to start collecting school bus swag, and how he maintains his collection.   
This photo gallery from 2012 includes other individuals’ collections, along with a festive Christmas tree decorated with school bus ornaments. (I didn’t know such ornaments existed until my aunt bought one for me shortly after I joined the magazine. It’s pictured above. I also have a few model school buses that I’ve picked up at trade shows.)  

And Tim Bentz, a transportation director in Washington state, has a collection that includes more than 150 pieces, as SBF reported several years ago. Many of the items in his collection are school bus emblems. 

If you have a collection of school bus memorabilia and photos of it that you’d like to share, please send the photos to [email protected]. Include your name in the e-mail and some information about your collection.

Until next time,

Kelly Aguinaldo
Managing Editor

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I am retiring in June after 23 years in School Transportation. I have about 120 different school buses, everything from a school bus made up of M&M's to a cast iron school bus. I am in the process of giving my collection away to other Directors with the exception of a precious few which includes 6 different christmas ornaments.

Robert McElligott    |    Feb 10, 2014 06:53 AM

Hi Robert,This is my second year as Transportation Director at Greenville Public Schools here in Michigan. I have started my "collection" and would love and honored to be able to add a piece of your history in with mine. How would I be able to add one of your precious items to mine?In waiting,Kathy BresnahanDirector of TransportationGreenville Public Schools616-754-3850

Kathy Bresnahan    |    Feb 10, 2014 09:42 AM

I have been in the School District transportation system since 1987. I have collected so many things. The most precious are a few ornaments the students gave me as a driver. I have the date and year written down. The first one was from a special needs student named Dean in 1987. I just love decorating my Christmas with such special memories. I am now in the office and have a "ton" of different types of school buses. Everything from a lamp to a clock. One special is a "Big Foot" type bus from my grandson. He said it is Mom Mom's bus and got it from the home of the Grave Digger after he road over a school bus in the Grave Digger! He thought it was the funniest thing.

Sandy Dobrowolski    |    Feb 10, 2014 10:44 AM

I am not a Director of transportation but I am a Trainer/Student Management Specialist and if and if anyone would be interested in giving or selling their collection, I am interested. I too collect them since 2000.

Norma Fernandez    |    Feb 11, 2014 04:36 AM

I have almost 200 Blue Bird bus Banks which I re-modded to resemble actual buses that were built at Blue Bird!!!

Jeff Flatt    |    Mar 11, 2014 05:54 PM

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