school bus driver Jim VanAntwerp was honored as Bus Driver of the Year by
Lorain County Educational Service Center at their Pupil Transportation
Professional Development and Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 11.
started driving for Vermilion in March of 2009.
Through the years he transported of all age levels, and for many
extra-curricular events. Jim has always
done a great job of interacting with students, teachers and fellow staff
members. He is a consummate
professional, treating everyone he meets with respect.
Jim is a second generation American,
with grandparents who came to the U.S. from Italy. He was raised in the Little Italy section of
Cleveland, and worked at Frankie and Johnnies Restaurant as a bus boy in his
youth. Jim loved eating spaghetti in the back room while on break and watching
the television show “The Untouchables”. When Jim was 18 he joined the
Marines and served 6 years, with time extended to serve in Vietnam. He returned
to the Cleveland area and raised six children.
His extended family includes 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
you Jim for the care and concern you show to the students that you transport
every day. We are glad you chose to
drive a school bus in Vermilion!