Elementary school celebrates longtime bus driver on his last day

"Mr. Melvin" served 20 years on the job

DERWOOD, Md. - Students and staff at Sequoyah Elementary shared a heartfelt thank you and tearful goodbye to a longtime bus driver Friday.

Melvin Frizzelle better known as Mr. Melvin completed his final bus route in Derwood after 20 years on the job.

The Department of Transportation's deputy director and Delegate Ben Kramer also attended the farewell ceremony to show their gratitude for Frizzelle's years of dedication and to present him with a Maryland General Assembly Citation.

And while Frizzelle was flattered by the award and turnout at the ceremony, he was happiest to get the chance to say goodbye to his students.

"The main thing I try to tell all the drivers is to remember one thing: You were once a kid yourself and you know how it is,” said Frizzelle.  “So just treat them how you would want to be treated and love them, that's all.  I loved all of my kids."

Frizzelle says the first thing he'll do in retirement is sleep in past 4:30 in the morning.

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