Photo of former bus driver Rowe Kenneson, Kimberly Switzer and students at Central Manor Elementary.

After 32 years, Central Manor bus driver hands the keys to her daughter

When Rowe Kenneson retired recently after 32 years of driving a Central Manor Elementary School bus, a familiar face replaced her in the driver’s seat of Bus 223 — her daughter, Kimberly Swisher.

Rowe was honored February 17 for her service in transporting students, including her own daughter and son, over more than three decades at Central Manor. Students and staff presented her with cards and gifts.

On hand for the occasion was Kimberly and Rowe’s grandson, Emerson.

Rowe retired two days before Christmas, and her daughter began driving her route right after the holiday break.

Rowe said it didn’t require any convincing for Kimberly to take over. In fact, her daughter came up with the idea. Driving a bus “is a great part-time job for a parent,” she said.

“We are so happy for Rowe as she begins the next chapter in her life,” said Central Manor principal Brian Malek. “Rowe always looked out for her students on Bus 223.  When I heard her daughter was taking over her route, I kept thinking about how proud Rowe must have felt.”

Many thanks to Rowe for her many years of service, and welcome to the Penn Manor bus driver family for Kimberly!

  • Photo of former bus driver Rowe Kenneson and her daughter, Kimberly Swisher.
    Rowe Kenneson, left, and her daughter, Kimberly Swisher.