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February is Love the Bus Month
School Bus Driver Appreciation Week Is February 12-16, 2018

School bus drivers across New Hanover County will bask in well-earned attention this week during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, as individual schools recognize drivers’ key role with various events and celebrations. Nationally, February is Love the Bus month, aimed to raise awareness and appreciation for the safe experience of riding the bus to and from school.

Dozens of events are planned this week to honor drivers, from sit-down breakfasts to offerings of student-made valentines. Additional details about these activities and many others planned across the state can be found on the 2018 Love the Bus Event listing.

In New Hanover County, more than 11,300 students board our 158 school buses, which travel over 12,600 total miles each day. School bus drivers must complete rigorous training and be certified to drive a bus.

Kevin Harrison, transportation services section chief for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, said the state’s bus drivers earn the week of recognition every day of the school year.

“School bus drivers are entrusted with a great responsibility: to safely transport our children to and from school each day,” Harrison said. “To do this, they must drive their students, watch out for them, listen to them and teach them. We ask so much of bus drivers every day. I hope that all students, parents and staff will take a moment to express their appreciation for the many things their bus drivers do.”

Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed Feb. 12-16 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Week in North Carolina, and urges all school communities to take a moment to thank bus drivers for their service.

The Love the Bus program, launched in 2007 and coordinated by the American School Bus Council, is not only a way to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers nationwide, but also provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the safety and environmental benefits of school bus transportation.

Students nationwide are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they take the school bus instead of traveling by car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, school buses reduce traffic by keeping more than 17 million cars off roads each year, the American School Bus Council says, while also saving approximately 2.6 billion gallons of fuel.

Posted: 02/12/18