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By Rosemary Pollock

No brakes on a desire to help

WELLSVILLE, UTAH -- Wellsville resident Cathy Swensen has been driving a big orange school bus for the Cache County School District for the past 11 years. Arriving at 6:40 a.m. to pick up the first of her kids, aged 5 to 18 years old, Swensen finds driving the bus an opportunity to give service beyond what is expected. Cache County School District Transportation Supervisor, Wayne Reese said, "You can tell that she really cares about the students she transports. She's not one who takes time off. She's very committed to her job and very capable."

Supervisor Reese reported a time when he had a call from a family along Swensen's route. Swensen had introduced herself to the new family that had just moved into the neighborhood and explained the bus schedule to their children. "I guess it's just how you are raised," said Swensen, a native of Missoula, Montana. "The people I work with and the people I live around are also that way, so it's just easy to be that way."

Swensen is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and no stranger to service. She has served as the girl's camp director for nearly two decades in the Providence and Wellsville Wards. She served as the young women's sports director for 11 years and has worked with the scouts for six years. "The secret to getting so much accomplished is staying busy," Swensen explained.

Wellsville resident, Brenda Bunnell said Swensen offered to deliver a package to her ailing relatives in Idaho. When Swenson was unable to make the trip, she offered to pay for the shipping. Bunnell declined and Swenson returned the package along with boxes and boxes of needy items for the family.

"She brought hundreds of dollars of stuff," Bunnell said. "She opened up her heart to my sister and did everything for the Christmas dinner and breakfast." "She is just an amazing woman," Bunnell said.

Cathy and Davie Swenson have five children, ranging in age from 12 to 26. The also have three grandchildren. Davie is a history teacher at Mountain Crest and coaches wrestling and football. "My husband says if you don't work or have things to do, it's easy to sit around and procrastinate. But if you're on a time schedule and know what needs to be done, you just fit it in and you can."


No brakes on a desire to help
MSNBC (Logan UT Herald Journal) 5Feb01 P2
By Arrin Brunson


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