CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia parents, students and teachers are encouraged to hop onboard and thank their school bus drivers as part of the third annual National Love the Bus program.
West Virginia school buses travel more than 41 million miles each year, transporting about 230,000 students each day to school safely and reliably. Across the country, school buses provide more than 10 billion passenger trips each year.
“School bus transportation is the safest way to get children to school each day,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “West Virginia’s record of getting students to and from school in a dependable and safe manner is impeccable thanks to our drivers, mechanics and trainers.”
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 schoolchildren to and from school each day. It is also an opportunity to parents and children to learn more about the safety and environmental benefits of school bus transportation.
To help celebrate Love the Bus, parents, teachers and children are encouraged to visit the program's Web site, www.LoveTheBus.com, to share stories about their favorite bus drivers, and make interactive valentines to e-mail or print and give to their bus driver for Valentine’s Day. Educators also may log on to www.LoveTheBus.com to download an educators' toolkit, which provides details on incorporating "Love The Bus" into their lesson plans and offers best practices for communicating about pupil transportation.
For more information, visit www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org or contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.