The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared Thursday, Oct. 25 as School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day in the commonwealth, as part of School Bus Safety Week.
"Franklin County school bus drivers are an integral part of our school system," said Dr. Mark Church, interim superintendent. "Drivers are often the first school person that your child sees in the morning, and it is often their warm, welcoming smile and heartfelt 'good morning' that starts the day out right."
"We entrust these conscientious and dedicated professionals with safely transporting our children to and from school," he added. "Our bus drivers take our children's safety very seriously and do an outstanding job each and every day."
In Virginia, more than 15,000 school bus drivers transport approximately 1 million students over 155 million miles throughout the school year, "making school bus safety critical to the overall well being of our children and families," according to McDonnell's resolution.
"School bus transportation employees should be recognized for their diligence in safely transporting the school children of the commonwealth," he added.
Bus drivers are crucial to the operation of public and private schools, and drivers maintain the highest standards of school bus safety through "rigorous driver training and certification requirements," McDonnell said.
School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 22 - 26 in Virginia.