Bartow County School System employees this past week were able to blow off a little steam while getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday through an event known as turkey bowling. Holly Miller, who serves as Liberty Mutual’s education partner with BCSS, orchestrated the events that took place at three local schools as well as the county’s bus barn.
“The funds have been cut for the school system and so ... one of the things that we do that is really fun has been turkey bowling. What I’ve done is partner with a bowling alley in Canton and they’ve donated real bowling pins,” Miller said. “I have a couple of interns who come with me and we set up pins and a tarp and they literally roll a frozen turkey down the lane and hit the pins.
“It’s hilarious and silly and just a lot of fun.”
On Friday at the bus barn, along with the bowling, the event featured a potluck lunch and a drawing for two 15-pound turkeys, which were donated by the company.
“We have two bowling champions and two who win by luck through the drawing,” Miller said.
The transportation department purchased a ham for the event with the proceeds raised by the annual school bus rodeo.
Director of Transportation Jody Elrod said he appreciates the work of Miller and that bus drivers deserve recognition for all the work they do throughout the year.
“We have such tremendous support from our bus drivers to our schools. The bus drivers are so dedicated to what they do,” Elrod said. “They take time out of their busy schedules to come back to the school to read to students and [volunteer] and it’s really amazing the things they do every day, whether it’s that they’ll get all the way home and then get a call from the school saying a kid has left his backpack on the bus or they’ve left their lunch box on the bus and without hesitation, they’ll take [the student’s items] back to the school in their own personal vehicle on their own personal time.”
He continued, “They just do such a tremendous job for us, they’re so dedicated to the job they do which is transporting our kids to and from school safely and I’m just honored to work with such a great group of people.”
The transportation department currently employs about 150 bus drivers, but Elrod said more are needed. More than 100 employees and family members were in attendance.