“The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round,” is a favorite children’s song but those wheels have stopped for Bernie Patterson. After 43 years, St. Regis School’s assistant transportation director, bus driver and former teacher, has retired.
During his retirement party at the school earlier this month, Patterson received a bright yellow frosted bus cake created by his daughter, Emma. He also received a bus cookie jar which is promised to be filled every month with his favorite cookies by St. Regis staff members.
Over his years working for the school, Patterson taught elementary classes and also served as an administrator. It was after retiring from those positions that he drove and maintained the school buses.