When we put our kids on the bus, we expect that they will be looked after and get to school safely. Every afternoon, we thank our bus driver for carefully chauffeuring our little ones that day. While some driver's we get to know on a first name basis, others just give a gentle nod and are on their way.
Wisconsin bus driver Trudy Serres is someone that both parents and students will never forget.
“She is the best,” parent Peggy Lamon, who has three children who ride on Serres’ bus, told ABC News. “She can control them. She is their second mom when they’re on her bus. She’s just amazing. She does everything for these kids. She’s very loving and caring, and I love her. I am so grateful she is going to be our bus driver next year.”
It all started when one of Lamon's sons, Vincent who is 10-years-old, dared Serres to make a crocheted taco after he notice her hobby while boarding the bus.
Serres started crocheting 4 years ago with a basic single stitch and worked her way up to using patterns by watching YouTube videos.
She would practice her hobby while she was waiting for kids to board her bus. That's when Vincent made his request.
“His favorite food is tacos, so finally one day I said, ‘Fine, I’ll try to make it,’ and two days a later I think I had it done,” the 43-year-old bus driver recalled.
Once she finished the taco, most of the students on her route wanted one too.
“I made the taco and gave it to Vincent in the morning, and every student that got on after him -- he had to show them, and said, ‘Look what Mrs. Trudy made,'" said Serres.
That's when she went down the rows of kids headed for Summit Elementary School in Oconomowoc and asked for their special orders.
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Whatever they asked for- no matter how wack the requests were- she delivered. She's does everything from ice cream cones, to unicorns, Star Wars characters and even more elaborate, custom designs.
It took her 3 months, to personally crochet the individual creations for 34 of the kids who rode her bus.
“It’s just unbelievable,” Peggy Lamon said of the bus driver. “It’s not like she sits around all day, like she has nothing else to do. For her to take this time out for these kids, it shows what kind of woman she is.”
"One day a boy came up to me and said, 'Mr. Stuckey, look at what my bus driver made me!' and he showed me his stuffed animal Trudy had created just for him," Summit elementary school principal Brian Stuckey added. "The boy was so proud and you could tell the pride he had in this little gift. The last few years we have been working to build connections and relationships between our school and our fabulous bus drivers and Trudy has taken that to a whole new level."
Now that school is out for the summer, parents are telling Serres that their kids are still attached to the toys she created fro the,. Some are sleeping with them, others taking them on vacation and even bringing them to church with them.
“My kids still sleep with them at night. They definitely love them and enjoy them,” John Londt said of his three kids who each received toys from Serres.
Londt wrote to the principal of his children's school to praise the bus driver for going above and beyond with the kids.
“Throughout the year, Trudy has made each of the students that ride her bus a crocheted stuffed animal. She asked each child what character, color, etc. they would like and hand-made each of them an animal,” he wrote. “I cannot imagine how much time this would have taken her, but I know that she has made each child feel very special and loved.”
For Serres, she doesn't do it for the recognition, she does it brighten her students' day.
“They would gleam when they saw them,” she said. “I love children and to see their faces and their reactions -- that’s what makes my day,” she said.