IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION: Mom and Dad realized the importance of education and they stressed this very much. During the time I was going to grade school and high school, it was very common for parents to keep their children out of school on days they had work for them to do at home. As a result of this, many children got behind in school and eventually became "dropouts". Mom and Dad rarely kept the sons out of school and never the daughters. Sometimes Dad got in a bind on farm work and might keep a son home for one or two days.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE: They encouraged us not to miss a day of school and they taught us good work ethics. It was very common for us to receive perfect attendance certificates. We had to be extremely sick to miss school. I think this filters down through the generations in school and in work. The only days my daughter, Sandra, missed school were days she missed for her grandfather's funeral. I worked for USDA Farmer's Home Administration/Rural Development thirty-five plus years, and only took a few hours of sick leave for being "sick." I did take sick leave for doctor appointments and for surgery. As a result of this, I had one year plus of accumulated sick leave at the time of my retirement.
GOOD CITIZENSHIP MEDALS: Two sons, Vernon and Clemons, and one daughter, Carol, received "Good Citizenship" awards in high school.
GRADUATES: When Clemons, the youngest child, graduated from high school, the Bundy family was recognized on Commencement Night as having had nine children to graduate from Bush High School. Dr. Vernon delivered the Commencement Address. The older siblings graduated from Clay County High School prior to our moving to Laured County.
VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN:Two daughters, Carol and Juanita, received High School "Valedictorian" awards and Georgia Mae received the "Salutatorian" award.
COLLEGE: Nine children attended college, and seven of those stuck it out to the end and got degrees! We were very proud of all but especially proud of Vernon for getting his M.D. and becoming a Board Certified surgeon.
EDUCATION AND HARD WORK: Many of the grandchildren earned college degrees -some bachelor's, some master's and some doctoral degrees. The value of education and hard work is demonstrated by all the contributions made by family members in their chosen professions - teaching, medical doctors, agriculture, automobile industry, engineers, machinery operators, manufacturing, medical technologists, marketing, computer programming, psychologist, veterinary medicine, and all are needed to keep the country running.
OPPORTUNITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Beginning with Mom and Dad, each generation has strived to provide opportunities for their children to pursue their education and their dreams. Mom and Dad were very proud of the achievements of every child and every grandchild.