Bus driver “Kitty” is pictured with her riders in their “Friendswood Strong” shirts.

FISD bus driver helps riders affected by Harvey

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Bus driver “Kitty” is pictured with her riders in their “Friendswood Strong” shirts.

Bus driver “Kitty” is pictured with her riders in their “Friendswood Strong” shirts.

By KAROLYN GEPHART

For many school aged children, the first person they interact with after leaving home for school is their bus driver. These drivers serve important roles setting the tone and mood for the day as well as providing a safe passage to and from school.

Driver Naomi “Kitty” Eck went above and beyond to help her children recently in Friendswood ISD.

Eck was concerned for her bus “family” after Hurricane Harvey hit the Friendswood area and many of her children were in families who lost homes and belongings.

She wasn’t sure what she could do as one person but she knew she wanted to do something.

She decided she could help with shirts.

She made calls to all of their parents and asked if she could give them shirts to wear and asked that they wear them on Fridays.

Eck had 52 shirts made for all of her kids that ride her bus from campuses Westwood and Bales on route 9. The shirts say “Friendswood Strong.”

“They are like my kids. I love each and every one of them. I know a shirt wasn’t much but it made them smile so that is enough for me,” Eck said.

The busload of students can be seen in all blue on Fridays and Eck is probably smiling all the way to school as she drives her route.

“The manner in which Kitty performs her role as a school bus driver demonstrates a genuine concern for the students she transports. Kitty has been with FISD for almost 15 years of service with perfect attendance. Her excellent performance continually serves as a positive role model for other drivers in the department,” Director of FISD Transportation Dean Lewis said.

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