North Carolina schools have been invited to participate in the American School Bus Council’s Love the Bus campaign during the month of February. The American School Bus Council created the campaign in 2007 to encourage schools to hold activities that highlight the safety of school bus transportation system and to recognize the many dedicated bus drivers who take students to and from school.
The week of February 13 through 17 has been proclaimed by Governor Cooper as “School Bus Driver Appreciation Week” in North Carolina, and citizens are urged to recognize the excellence of our state’s school bus drivers and their record of safety.
Each school day in North Carolina over 13,000 school buses travel the roadways transporting nearly 780,000 students to and from school. On average North Carolina school buses travel a total of more than 176,000,000 route miles per year.
Brad Lankford, Stokes County School’s Director of Transportation said Stokes County Schools operate 81 school buses that transport more than 2,700 students per day and travel an estimated 1,350,000 route miles per year.
“We have a veteran group of dedicated drivers,” Lankford said. “Safety is our primary concern and we’re grateful to have bus drivers that are committed to serving our schools and work hard year after year to keep our children safe while on a school bus.”
Stokes County Superintendent, Dr. Brad Rice, who is also a licensed school bus driver, said, “I can tell you from experience, driving a school bus is a challenging and demanding job. Drivers do it because they love children. Our bus drivers are truly unsung heroes. In addition to being a superintendent, I am also a father. Each day, my son walks to the bus stop to ride a bus to school. Each day when he leaves, I am confident he will arrive back to his stop safely at the end of the day. I am grateful for his safe ride to and from school each day. Knowing the ongoing training requirements each driver completes, helps me to know he is good hands. I am extremely grateful to all of our bus drivers for what they do each day. ”
In the spirit of Valentine’s, remember to share some love with your child’s bus driver. Show these hard working folks that their efforts are appreciated by us all.