Evergreen raises funds to send bus driver on vacation to Hawaii

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 3/23/22

Evergreen is showing some love for a longtime school bus driver.

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Evergreen raises funds to send bus driver on vacation to Hawaii

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Evergreen is showing some love for a longtime school bus driver.

A GoFundMe has netted more than twice the target fundraising goal to help send Shreevie Kenner of Golden to visit a friend in Hawaii. Kenner, who has been driving Evergreen’s young ones to school for 24 years, plans to take the one-week vacation in June — after school ends for the year, of course.

Friend and co-worker Joan Cooper set up the fundraiser, calling Kenner an amazing lady who never loses her spunk.

“She loves those kids,” Cooper said. “(Driving school buses) is a way she can stay connected to kids. I mainly (set up the GoFundMe page) because I felt she deserved to go to Hawaii.”

In fact, the page raised $2,000 in a couple hours when the request had been for $1,000 to pay for plane tickets. As of March 23, the page had raised $2,535.

For Kenner, learning that families and complete strangers donated to help her has been humbling, and she talked more about the children who have been on her bus and the families she has gotten to know over the years.

Kenner has always wanted to visit Hawaii. Her parents promised her a trip there when she was young, but they divorced, so the vacation didn’t happen. Kenner said she watched the Elvis Presley movie “Blue Hawaii” a million times because she always wanted to visit.

Children riding the bus have become an integral part of her life, especially after her daughter Brittany died in 1994 at age 7 of Ewing’s sarcoma, and she never had more children. Kenner was saving to make the Hawaii trip when her husband died of COVID-19 in October 2020, and that money went to medical and funeral expenses.

Comments on social media show how much parents have valued Kenner as a bus driver, and she also worked for the Evergreen Park & Recreation District during summer camp for 10 years starting in 2000. They called her always on time, dedicated to their children, kind, always with a bunch of dog treats—the best bus driver and caregiver of children ever.

Kenner, who gets up early to drive from Golden to the Jeffco Public Schools bus facility in Marshdale by 5 a.m., had planned to retire, but with the death of her husband, she’s decided to work as long as she’s able.

Don’t tell, but friend Cooper hopes to make Kenner a purple muumuu and present it to her at the bus drivers’ end-of-the-school-year party, which will be luau themed.

Kenner is overwhelmed by the support, saying it was unexpected yet appreciated. The families she has served all these years say they are glad to provide Kenner with some joy because as the children on her bus put it recently, “We thank you and we love you.”

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