Family Thanks Bus Driver for Kindness Towards Son With Down Syndrome

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 2:22 AM

Scott Reynolds retired in Feb after thirty-five years of driving buses for Fairport Central School District. The family of Ty Coppola, nineteen, who's Down syndrome, wrote the driver a 'thank you' letter for looking after their son to and from school for so many years.

Family Thanks Bus Driver for Kindness Towards Son With Down Syndrome

A NY family is showing their son'south long-time bus driver gratitude for the positive impact he made on the teen.

Scott Reynolds retired in Feb after thirty-five years of driving buses for Fairport Central School District.

The family of Ty Coppola, nineteen, who's Down syndrome, wrote the driver a 'thank you' letter for looking after their son to and from school for so many years.

"We just wanted him to realize that he made a difference," Ty'south dad, Michael Coppola, told ABC News. "I didn't have the time to tell Scott. I struggled to discover the words. How do you tell him, 'You might think you're just driving these kids to school, but parents space a lot believe and maybe even more so when you've a baby with a disability.'"

The letter read, in part:

Not just a bus driver. Those are the words that arrive to mind when I think of Scott.

How can we clarify that Scott has been so much more than “just a bus driver” to Ty? If I could ONLY indicate you a picture of how Ty’s face “lights up” when we open the garage and he sees Scott open the doors of the bus every morning. How he'south a tiny extra “spring” in his step when Scott says “good morning Ty” or “what got into you today”? How he changes from not really wanting to go to school, to smiling as Scott gives him the normal “fist bump” as Ty boards the bus.

Ty has known Scott for many years. I think Scott can “read him” as well as we can at times. He cheers him up, gets his day started positively every day, and ends it with a smile. He's love another dad, or at minimum a large brother to Ty. Ty has a grand sense for people he can trust. Scott earned that with Ty from Day one, and that believe continues to this day. We're very dreary because Ty really doesn’t realize that he'll not look Scott again – at minimum not every day...

Reynolds drove Ty to and from the School of the Holy Childhood in Rochester, NY for almost ten years.

The pair developed a special relationship, Coppola said.

"There weren't a whole lot of words exchanged between Ty and Scott," Coppola added. "Ty wears hearing aids. That'south certainly the reason for his delayed, or Ltd speech. It was more of a sense of consolation because Scott always greeted him with a smile. Scott had number apprehension or fear of Ty. I utilize that duration because I was love that myself until I'd a son with disabilities.

"They realize a lot and most of what we're saying, so we necessity to treat them love we treat everybody else and Scott understands that."

Fairport’s Transportation Director Peter Lawrence said Reynolds was a “very dependable” bus driver and “he did a great job” in his role, according to a school district statement released to ABC News.

The Coppola family'south handwritten letter was given to Reynolds during a astonishment retirement party that was recently held for him.

Coppola said while he was worried about Reynolds leaving, the district has since hired a new driver who's keep his mind at ease.

"[Ty] is handling the transition well," he said. "We've a very kind woman who I'm sure will do a great job. When I get him out to obtain on the bus, I still look a smile. When I indicate him the stories that have been published and he sees the pictures of him and Scott -- he'south not going to declare 'I miss Scott,' but I just have this sense from his smile that Scott's a person he'll recollect and he certainly meant a lot to him."

Scott Reynolds will be honored at a brunch on May nine as two thousand sixteen'south Pupil Transportation Employee of the Year, from the Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors Association.

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