|Celebrating School Bus Safety Week|
|Written by Janna Smeltzer|
|Thursday, 23 October 2008 00:00|
Amid an ASBC initiative to further promote School Bus Safety Week in 2009 and beyond, schools around the country continued with their own local celebrations this week.
In Lincoln Shire, Ill., Prairie View School District, perhaps the nation’s most pun-loving school system, recognized drivers with soup on Monday because drivers do “a Souper Job with Safety.” Safety-themed candy was distributed on Wednesday, including Snickers bars (because safety is “not something to be snickered at”) and Butterfingers bars (to remind drivers not to “drop the ball on pre-trip inspections”).
Elsewhere, drivers received breakfast, fried chicken and pasta luncheons and steak dinners. Districts also planned to bring the safety messages to the classroom via student poster contests and evacuation training and puppet shows. Meanwhile, schools secured space in local newspapers and district newsletters reminding parents to do their part by driving safely around school buses. Students also received awards recognizing them as safe bus riders.
Michigan City, Ind., Area Schools even scheduled time on the morning talk radio station for police and school bus drivers to discuss illegal passing and safety around the bus.
NAPT, NSTA and NASDPTS are working together to run School Bus Safety Week, originated in 1969 by Dick Fischer, a school transportation consultant and past district transportation director in Southern California. Under the umbrella of the American School Bus Council, the three associations said they plan to send out 130,000 school bus safety posters and send a press release to members about their new Web site that offers sample safety quizzes, coloring pages and press release templates schools can use for the week-long event held the third full week of October.
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