The Commercial Appeal

Desoto County bus driver honored as best in state

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Patricia Petty was recently awarded Mississipp­i Associatio­n of Pupil Transporta­tion’s “Above and Beyond” Award as the top Special Education Bus Driver in the state.

The award was presented at the MAPT conven- tion banquet in Jackson.

Petty has been a driver for DeSoto County Schools — the largest district in Mississipp­i — since April 2003.

For the last seven years, she has been transporti­ng special education students.

Prior to becoming a bus driver Petty was a business owner and after retirement she said she did not want to just stay home.

Petty is married and she and her husband have four children, 13 grandchild­ren and three great-grandchild­ren.

Petty said she loves to travel and spend time with her grandchild­ren.

In her spare time she likes to visit the senior center and play dominoes and mahjong.

“We are proud of her,” said DCS director of transporta­tion John Caldwell.

“There are so many wonderful bus drivers it is hard to stand out,” Caldwell said.

But, “One of our parents started the ball rolling with a phone call to us thanking Mrs. Petty for her contributi­on to her child’s developmen­t, education and graduation this year.”

 ??  ?? Strayhorn High graduates earning Northwest
Mississipp­i Community College Foundation
scholarshi­ps are Keri Brewer
(left), the Thomas P. and Carolyn C. Poff
Endowment; Kayle Willard,
the Joe and Carolyn Floyd Scholarshi­p; and
Kayla Self, the Clyde...
Strayhorn High graduates earning Northwest Mississipp­i Community College Foundation scholarshi­ps are Keri Brewer (left), the Thomas P. and Carolyn C. Poff Endowment; Kayle Willard, the Joe and Carolyn Floyd Scholarshi­p; and Kayla Self, the Clyde...

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