Kindness and patience are the virtues held by those we consider good people in this world, and for former Cedarburg resident and bus driver Dwight Miller, those words certainly ring true.
Miller had been serving as a bus driver for the Cedarburg School District driving special needs kids to and from school every day, and volunteered with Friendship Ministries and as a Big Brother in Big Brothers Big Sisters. He recently retired from the role to move with his wife to Ohio to be closer to his son and grandchildren, who are currently living there.
Miller was also recently nominated for the “Be A Good Neighbor Contest” by his neighbor, Susan Grosskoph. She won a private hometown screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” a documentary about the life of the former TV host Fred Rogers — better known by those who watched as “Mister Rogers” — for her nomination of Miller.
“Many of you know of his kindness as a bus driver for Riteway because you worked with Dwight or you were a student or family member of his beloved kids,” Grosskoph said prior to the movie screening in Cedarburg July 23.
“Bus driver doesn’t describe what Dwight did and the impact he made every day,” Grosskoph said. “Parents knew their children were in the best hands when they left for school and when he returned them home. He waited, (probably longer than he should have sometimes) for the student who just couldn’t quite get going in the morning. He was singing songs, decorating the bus with monthly themes, and quietly mentoring from behind the wheel.”
Miller was surprised at the amount of support he received at the screening from friends, people he knew, and the kids he transported and their families.
The mayor had even declared the day of the movie showing Dwight Miller Day.
“That was quite a surprise. I didn’t know that was coming at all,” Miller said.