Friday, October 28, 2016

School Bus Driver Appreciation Week

by Cindy Pitts Gilbert Buford Weekly Illustrated 10/28/16

School districts across the country observe National School Bus Safety Week throughout the third week of October. The week is designed to teach students how to safely interact with school buses in an effort to minimize danger and accidents. October 17th kicks off the week every year with Bus Driver Appreciation Day. This is a day for students and parents to let their school bus drivers know how important and special they are.
On Bus Driver Appreciation Day, parents who have students who ride the bus are encouraged to find a way to teach their children to let their bus drivers know they’re valued. Nothing means more to a driver than having a student or parent on their route say ‘Thank you.’
All Buford City School System bus drivers received a Buford monogrammed roll cooler as an appreciation gift. If you missed Bus Driver Appreciation Day, it’s not too late! Here are some ways you and your child can appreciate your child’s bus driver:
  • Stand at your bus stop with a ‘Thank You’ poster
  • Have all the children at your stop make and sign a card
  • Give a basket of muffins and a to-go coffee
  • Bake a plate of cookies or brownies
  • Fill a thermos with steaming hot cocoa
  • Fill a gift basket with a mug and coffee or tea goodies
  • Give a gift card that can be used for breakfast or lunch
  • Fill a basket with dollar store snacks and a tumbler cup
  • Review the bus safety rules with your child and ensure he or she understands why they are important
During Bus Driver Appreciation Week the students were also taught about bus safety. “The objective is to make sure all students are aware of the rules, regulations, and possible dangers that can be involved with riding a bus,” according to Gloria Whidby, a staff member of the Buford Elementary School, “we hope that students learn how to be safe to avoid any accidents.”
Tracy Kitchens, Vicki Pinkard, Tammy Bush, Teresa Hughes, and Rick Littlefield are some of the drivers who participated in bus safety last week.
Photo Provided by Buford Elementary School.

Every bus driver on the road is responsible for the safety of our children. Many have been driving their routes for over two decades. They become emotionally invested in their student riders and, for many, their job is a labor of love. Be sure to find a way to express your appreciation for your bus driver!

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