Students Give Heartfelt Thanks to TriMet Workers

St. Mary’s Academy Students Give Heartfelt Thanks to TriMet Workers

Members of the Operation Appreciation Club came together to thank and celebrate transit workers

Located in the heart of downtown Portland, nearly 50 percent of St. Mary’s Academy’s students rely on public transportation to get to and from school each day. As part of the invitation from TriMet to celebrate Transit Driver Appreciation Day on March 17, St. Mary’s students came together to create and gift their local transit drivers thank you buttons and signs in addition to their usual display of gratitude. 


To express how grateful the school community is for the hardworking Portland transit workers, who ensure students arrive safely to school and back home, students wrote thank you notes, shared a special video with drivers, and passed out more than 200 student-designed buttons throughout the week. 


These efforts were led by students in St. Mary’s Operation Appreciation Club. Operation Appreciation is a student-driven club, created to make a positive impact on both the school and larger community by providing cards and small tokens of appreciation to some of the unsung heroes at school. 


Senior Sabrina McGarvey, a member of Operation Appreciation, said, “As someone who takes public transit to and from school most days, I wanted to find a way to show TriMet workers how much our St. Mary's community and the broader Portland community, appreciate all they do. Portland is so lucky to have such a wonderful system that helps get everyone where they need to go.”