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Kindergarten students send "thank you" message to bus drivers

These kindergarten students in Michelle Tuttle's kindergarten class at Sardis Elementary decided to tell the bus drivers how much they loved them by creating a giant school bus drawing of themselves with a note of thanks for all the bus drivers and the Transportation Department.

It's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So when 16 kindergarten students at Sardis Elementary decided to tell the bus drivers how much they loved them, they decided to show it in a picture.

The project, which began Tuesday, (Feb. 5, 2013), involved students in Michelle Tuttle’s kindergarten class. The final product -- a large-scale drawing of a bus filled with happy children.

First, students carefully blended that distinct school bus color by finger-painting with orange and yellow. “The whole class gathered around three tables, pushed up their sleeves and put their hands to work,” Mrs. Tuttle said.

After the paint dried, Mrs. Tuttle cut out a large outline of a school bus. She then added the blue windows.

The next morning, students drew pictures of themselves riding the bus. After they cut out their drawings, Teacher Assistant Wendy Kiker helped them add the children in the windows.

Mrs. Kiker also helped them add the wheels, lights and a stop sign constructed from paper. Later that afternoon the trim work was added.

Finally, on Thursday the class added the letters to the side of the bus and wrote a thank you note that read:

Dear Bus Drivers,
Thank you for bringing our friends to school every day. Without them learning just would not be much fun.
Love,
Mrs. Tuttle’s and Mrs. Kiker’s Kindergarten

The project is in honor of “Love the Bus,” an annual campaign of the American School Bus Council (ASBC) to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers who safely transport children to and from school.

The ASBC created the campaign in 2007 to encourage schools to hold activities that highlight the safety of the school bus transportation system.

Written by: Michelle Tuttle, kindergarten teacher at Sardis Elementary
Posted: Feb 11, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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