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Story of school bus party for kids touches readers

various authors

My husband and I have struggled mightily to keep our family in this community. The struggle has meant anxiety that we’ll never be able to buy a house, extensive career retraining for me, and a mind-numbing commute for my husband.

Sometimes, especially in troubled times like these, I fantasize about giving up the fight and moving back down the hill. Then I read about kids like the remarkable 50 who brought Christmas to the younger children on Route 22.

Those of you who have lived up here for a long time may not realize just how rare and special the children of Nevada County are. Many families have come here with a specific commitment to structure their families and their lives best-suited to raising decent, honorable, kind members of the community. Surely the parents of these teens have succeeded.

So, I finished reading the article, wiped away my tears, and resolved to continue the fight. My girls need to be here. My deepest thanks to those teens and their parents for reminding me of what is special about this place.

Cynthia Marek

Grass Valley

I was really touched by the story of Leissa George, a bus driver, and the group of high school students who gave gifts to our elementary school students. All of our bus drivers do an amazing job, everyday. Leissa’s sensitivity to our students, as well as her high school team, are very appreciated.

Carol Judd


Bell Hill School


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