--Local bus drivers to be honored during month of February --
(Dover, DE.) As part of the 3rd annual national Love the Bus program, parents, students and teachers are being asked to take a moment and thank the men and women who take more than 107,000 students safely to and from schools across Delaware each school day.
The Love the Bus program, founded in 2007 and coordinated by the American School Bus Council (ASBC), is celebrated on Valentine’s Day and throughout February in school districts across the country as a way to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers who safely transport more than 26 million school children to and from school each day. It is also an opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the safety and environmental benefits of school bus transportation.
“School bus drivers are a vital link to Delaware’s education system,” said Ron Love, Education Associate for School Transportation for the Department of Education. “Our drivers transport our students more than 125,000 miles daily, which is the equivalent of driving more than halfway to the moon each day. Without them, thousands of children in the First State would have no other way to get to school each day.”
To help celebrate Love the Bus, parents, teachers and children are encouraged to visit the program's website, www.LoveTheBus.com to share stories about their favorite bus drivers, and make interactive valentines to email or print and give to their bus driver on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Educators may log on to http://www.LoveTheBus.com to download an educators' toolkit, which provides details on incorporating "Love The Bus" into their lesson plans. This site offers best practices for communicating about pupil transportation.
Throughout February, the American School Bus Council and its members will hold a series of local events across the United States to educate parents and children about school bus safety. To learn more about the benefits of school bus safety, log on to http://www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org
The American School Bus Council is a coalition of the school transportation industry -- including public and private transportation providers, school bus manufacturers and state officials responsible for pupil transportation. Council members are committed to providing safe, effective, efficient and healthy transportation for the more than 25 million schoolchildren who ride more than 475,000 school buses each day.
For more information, visit www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org.
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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