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Love the Bus week honors UCPS bus drivers

Martha Allen and Brian Joyner, bus drivers in the Sun Valley cluster, enjoy a note from a Shiloh Elementary student given to them during a national Love the Bus week reception at the school.

More than 300 Shiloh Elementary students, in grades kindergarten through fifth, took an opportunity to show their appreciation to Union County Public Schools bus drivers recently in honor of the national Love The Bus week.

The annual event, held this year February 9 through February 13, 2009, is a national program designed to raise school bus safety awareness and recognize those who drive students to and from school. One school in each of the UCPS school clusters held a reception during the week for the approximately 365 UCPS bus drivers and school bus monitors.

Each school cluster celebrated its bus drivers with some type of recognition, usually featuring a large cake and thank you messages from students. The event recognized bus drivers, bus monitors and transportation staff for their dedication to safely transporting students.

“Students have been working all week to make posters and cards to thank bus drivers for all that they do, to recognize them for getting them safely to school, ” said Samantha Adams, assistant principal at Shiloh Elementary. “Drivers were celebrated during a reception in the cafeteria. They do a phenomenal job. They know the students and their families. We couldn’t do without them.”

During the reception at Shiloh, students greeted the drivers as they entered the cafeteria where the ceremony was held.

Adam Johnson, UCPS Transportation Director, said the week was also used as an opportunity to look at the transportation of students during the first semester to see if there is any thing that needs to be addressed or improved.

There are 307 UCPS school buses, transporting 25,000 students on 25,000 miles in Union County each day.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Feb 24, 2009 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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