News We Love: 'He's so kind,' students surprise bus driver who is celebrating 25 years on his route

Mr. Tom Herbert has been providing smiles to many families over 25 years.


Every day, bus drivers strive to take kids to and from school safely.

One such driver has been doing that in Pittsburgh's North Allegheny School District for 25 years.

On Thursday, his students and their parents wanted to say thank you with a special surprise.

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Tom Herbert has been providing smiles to many families for over 25 years.

He was celebrated on Thursday for serving as a cheerful fan.

"He gives me a fist bump every day. He's the nicest bus driver ever. Even during COVID he found a way to make us smile," one student said.

Students said he is also always there to provide a listening ear.

"I like that if you have a problem, he'll always be there to help you with it," one student said.

And he also serves as a good friend to thousands of students in the district.

"He's so kind and I never want any other bus driver than him," one student said.

Herbert was completely surprised by the celebration to mark his 25 years.

"Overwhelmed and really appreciative. I can't say thank you enough. This is a great neighborhood. This is why I've been doing it for so many years," Herbert said.

Herbert said he loves his job as a bus driver and sending students off to school in the morning and back to their homes in the afternoon with smiles on their faces.

Aside from the students, his other favorite part is the parents.

Several parents who have had children riding on Herbert’s bus throughout the years joined the celebration.

"Everywhere we go, there's always people that say 'Oh Mr. Herbert, you were my bus driver.' So they remember me forever. So it's wonderful," Herbert said.

Herbert said he can't quit his job just yet and he has to come back for another year.