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Transportation Department Establishes Imeson Scholarship
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 -
Rick Imeson was a bus driver’s bus driver.
For 55 years, he helped safely transport thousands of Liverpool Central School District students to and from school – by either driving his own bus or training his fellow bus drivers. He also supported his fellow bus drivers, and in turn those students, in his role as a union officer.
“Rick had a remarkable career here in this district,” said LCSD Assistant Director for Transportation Ann Hamlin. “He was very good at what he did, was always a gentleman, and had time for everyone.”
Imeson was the one who trained Hamlin when she became a Liverpool bus driver and she had the chance to visit with him shortly before he passed away in May. During their conversation, Hamlin was surprised by what she learned about Imeson’s life beyond the LCSD Transportation Department. He was a milkman for Imeson’s Dairy, the last dairy in the Liverpool area that delivered milk to residents, for 23 years. He also created a ministry for children and pastored at The Cornerstone Church for 15 years.
“He really was a foundation here (in Liverpool),” Hamlin noted. “And he absolutely adored doing what he did for kids.”
So it made sense, she said, to keep Imeson’s memory alive by continuing to support Liverpool students. Over the summer, more than 20 members of the Transportation Department formed Team RV (Rick’s Volunteers) and with the help of the Liverpool chapter of Dollars for Scholars created The Rick Imeson Scholarship Fund.
Team RV held several initial fund-raisers, including bake sales and a garage sale, but they wanted to hold a larger event to establish the scholarship fund for years to come.
With support from their union and numerous members of the Transportation Department staff, Team RV recently held that fund-raiser at Sharkey’s. The event included a huge bake sale and approximately 120 raffle baskets. Current and former Transportation Department staff members from near and far attended the event, including members of Imeson’s family.
In all, the Sharkey’s event raised more than $12,000 and counting for the scholarship fund. The first scholarship will be awarded in June to a member of the Liverpool High School Class of 2017.
“Everyone was so generous with their donations,” Hamlin said. “And I can’t say enough about the people who put the event together.”
Those interested in contributing to the scholarship fund can do so by visiting the Liverpool DFS Web site at liverpool.dollarsforscholars.org and clicking on the “Donate Now” tab. In addition, checks can made out to Liverpool DFS and mailed to PO Box 32, Liverpool, NY 13088. Make sure to specify The Rick Imeson Scholarship Fund on any check or donation form.