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Bus driver Rush-Henrietta becomes the most boisterous supporter throughout games

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Honeoye Falls, New York – He’s usually the most boisterous cheerleader on the Rush-Henrietta sidelines. He’s not a parent or a student, though. Meet the man we all love to call “Mr. Darryl.”
Darryl Mull drives a school bus for the Rush-Henrietta Central School District most of the time.

“I just had my anniversary, May 16th, so I’ve been driving a school bus for eight years,” said Mull.

He does, however, also enjoy watching games from the sidelines.

“I first noticed him at a basketball game,” said parent Kimberly Valenti. “I thought he was one of the parents. He was the loudest one cheering.”

Mull views the pupils on his bus as his children, even though he is not one of the parents.

“I love my kids,” he said. “I go out and I support them and nothing against anyone that stays on the bus, but I just go out and I cheer for my kids, and I totally enjoy it.”

Mull is known for being their staunchest ally.

“He is at every game rain or shine and he’s the boys’ biggest cheerleader,” Valenti said. “He has nicknames for all of them and they just love the way that he supports them and they in turn love him back.”

In addition to his popularity as a bus driver, he is well-known for his rap, which helps keep the kids in their seats.

“Bus is not gonna start unless that booty’s on the seat. Hey!” Mull sang for us. “Bus is not gonna start unless that booty’s on the seat. Hey! Everybody knows you got that booty on that seat. Hey! Booty on the seat. Hey! Booty on the seat. Hey!”

It’s the same enthusiasm he takes to his work and each and every game.

“When I started doing it, I really didn’t think anything of it,” Mull said. “I was just going out and cheering for my kids and I had parents coming up to me saying ‘Who are you? Like, where did you come from?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m the bus driver that loves your kids. They’re my kids!'” said Mull.

People see his passion and dedication.

“It’s wonderful for kids to have such positive role models in their life,” said parent Lauren Lambiase. “Seeing people go above and beyond, as these middle school boys are, learning life lessons and learning how to be good citizens, and he’s a great role model for these boys.”

 

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