Honor local school bus drivers on February 14

Posted Online: Feb. 05, 2013, 11:31 am
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Press release submitted by Johannes Bus Service, Inc.

School bus industry encourages parents and children to "Love the Bus"

JOHANNES BUS SERVICE, INC. to Honor Local School Bus Drivers on February 14th

Rock Island, IL (February 4, 2013) – As part of the third annual National Love the Bus program, JOHANNES BUS SERVICE, INC. is encouraging parents, students and teachers to take a moment and thank the men and women who take more than thousands of children safely to and from schools in the Illinois Quad City area each day.

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 school children 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.

"School bus drivers are a vital link to the education system in the Quad City area," said Stephanie Johannes-Thomer, Johannes Bus Marketing Director. "Without them, thousands of children in our area would have no other way to get to school each day. Love the Bus is an opportunity for us to thank the drivers who not only safely take our children to school each day, but also serve as role models and friends to children across the Quad City area."

We are not just thanking our school bus drivers and monitors; we are thanking ALL area drivers as well. Safety is a major concern for all drivers and monitors everywhere and we just want to make sure that they are thanked today and every day for their service.

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 email or print and give to their bus driver on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. 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.

Throughout February, the American School Bus Council and its members will hold a series of local events across the United States to educate parents and children about school bus safety. To learn more about the benefits of school bus safety, log on to www.americanschoolbuscouncil.com

About the American School Bus Council
The American School Bus Council is a coalition of the school transportation industry -- including public and private transportation providers, school bus manufacturers and state officials responsible for pupil transportation. Council members are committed to providing safe, effective, efficient and healthy transportation for the more than 25 million schoolchildren who ride more than 475,000 school buses each day.

The Council's members include NAPT (National Association for Pupil Transportation), NASDPTS (National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services), NSTA (National School Transportation Association), Blue Bird Corp. of Fort Valley, Ga., IC Corporation of Warrenville, Ill., and Thomas Built Buses of High Point, N.C.
The American School Bus Council was formed in 2006 to educate parents, school officials and lawmakers about the essential role the yellow school bus plays in the safety, health, security and readiness of America's schoolchildren. Council members advocate for increased school transportation funding and advances industry standards on safety, security, environment, energy and access to education that are above and beyond state and federal law.
For more information, visit our Web site at www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org.


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