Student transportation provider Petermann Bus reported that driver Paul Kraszewski from Tallmadge, Ohio, has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Tallmadge, honoring and recognizing the outstanding, impactful service to his students and community. Kraszewski received the certificate from City Council member Jonathon Bolas last month.
Kraszewski has been a Petermann Bus driver for four years and maintains a perfect attendance record. His daily routes include servicing Tallmadge Middle School and Tallmadge Elementary School. Prior to working for Petermann Bus, he worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., where he retired in 2014 after 26 years of service.
Petermann Bus has served the Tallmadge community since 2009. The team, Kraszewski included, is frequently involved in the community through the company’s Partners Beyond the Bus community outreach program, which has included volunteering at their local church, holding fundraisers for local causes, participating in the community parade, and more. This May, Petermann will provide complimentary service to a local school’s Special Olympics.
“I'm truly thankful and grateful to be a bus driver for Petermann Bus in Tallmadge, Ohio,” said Kraszewski. “It's an enormous privilege each day to be a part of our awesome community. I make it a practice to be kind, friendly, and caring to all the kids. It’s a very rewarding job. I love being a bus driver and making sure all the students are transported safely to and from school.”
“Paul has a gift for connecting and engaging with the students who ride his bus. He embodies compassion and kindness, and you can tell how positively the kids feed off that energy,” said Jennifer Kirk, general manager of Petermann Bus’ Tallmadge location. “School bus drivers play a very important role in the lives of our students and Paul goes above and beyond the call of duty every day. Everyone at Petermann Bus is so proud he is on our team. He teaches and reminds his students of the importance of kindness and even designed and gave each of them pins that say, 'Be nice always, always be nice – Bus 28.' Paul is the epitome of kindness.”