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A former school bus driver in the West Des Moines School District makes sure colleagues rest in style with a newly renovated transportation break room.
Dave Egleston, who drove buses for the school district for 13 years, makes multiple donations each year to causes in the community. This year, he made his biggest donation to the district rest area, hoping to make it a better place for employees to relax when they’re busy.
“I wanted it to be comfortable for people who have to walk a long way and can’t go home for lunch or during the day,” he said in a statement. “I was sad for years that these people had come this far and had no respite. And staying with what we had was difficult – I would have a hard time. “
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The restroom facelift featured new paint, new flooring and new furniture, and Egleston donated more than $ 20,000 to cover costs, according to school board documents.
The break room has been empty for most of the past year due to the pandemic, WDMCS transport director Robin Pickard said. The room was once a place where employees spent time together, and the renovation gives everyone “something to look forward to” when they return to work, he said.
“They come early for their shift to play cards, they hang out late, they go out after work; this year it’s all but gone, ”Pickard said. “The level of excitement for everyone is now heightened because not only can they come to their new break room, but they have all of these good things to use. This is their outlet. It is a huge welcome. “
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The department hosted an outdoor party to thank Egleston for their donation as well as the entire team for their hard work over the past year. Egleston received a number of thank you gifts for his gift to the team, including a personalized bobblehead.
“I’m so tickled that they’re happy,” Egleston said in the press release. “That’s all I wanted.
“It was easy for me, and why not? I think it would be criminal, in my mind, if I didn’t do something. I’m just having fun.”
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