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Bus driver teaches students true meaning of Thanksgiving

Students on Fred Pamer’s bus going to Humboldt Elementary School raised money to help feed two families over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Students on Fred Pamer’s bus going to Humboldt Elementary School raised money to help feed two families over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

PRESCOTT - Humboldt School District bus driver Fred Pamer asked the students on his bus if they had ever gone to bed hungry.

While most of the Humboldt Elementary School students on bus No. 06-1 said no, Pamer told them "a lot of people go without food."

Pamer's next question started a Thanksgiving fundraiser.

"I asked them if they wanted to help a needy family, and they all said 'yeah,'" Pamer said.

"I thought it was a good idea," Fifth-grader Jessie Merrell said.

The bus driver wrote a letter to the students' parents telling them that the children wanted to help a family that may not afford a Thanksgiving dinner.

Pamer said he asked the 40 children to donate $1 so they could provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner to one family.

"I know I would not survive without Thanksgiving dinner," Forth-grader Skylar Southerland said. "My mom always makes me fudge."

After Pamer collected and counted all the money, he had enough to help two families. The children collected a total of $78.

Fourth-graders Tommie Isbell and Serenity-Hope Ferguson also liked the idea of helping others.

"A lot of families need food for Thanksgiving." Tommie said.

Serenity-Hope said that while her favorite part is the dinner, "My family usually says a different prayer on Thanksgiving."

Pamer said school officials gave him the names of families that need help and the students do not know which families they are helping. He said the families are in the Dewey area. "The parents thought this was a good idea. I had one mom call and tell me this was a great way to show her children that everyone does not have what we do," Pamer said.

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