WALL, N.J. — Student Transportation, Inc., a leader in school transportation, safety and fleet services, is celebrating the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) National School Bus Safety Week beginning today and running through Oct. 26.
NAPT’s annual campaign is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties, to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. The theme this year is “My Driver—My Hero!”
“While safety is our focus and number one priority throughout the year, National School Bus Safety Week provides us [with] a great opportunity to partner with our customers and communities, placing an emphasis on keeping students safe,” stated Shelly Hall, STI’s VP of safety.
Building off of last year’s National School Bus Safety Week success with the introduction of a series of safety-themed videos for children from pre-K through 12th grade, STI will host safety meetings with customers, parents, and employees at the company’s more than 170 locations throughout North America.
STI’s focus this year during National School Bus Safety Week is on danger zones, which are the areas around the school bus where drivers have limited or no visibility and where a child is most vulnerable to injury or fatality.
“We train our drivers year-round on how best to keep kids safe on and around the bus,” added Hall. “This week is a good one to focus on some key areas, like reducing danger zone risk with an emphasis on correct crossing procedures. We’ll continue to reiterate to our drivers how to give clear instructions to students about danger zones, discuss the importance of counting the kids away, knowing where the kids are and clearing mirrors before pulling away, among other helpful tips to keep kids safe and out of harm’s way.”
This week, STI announced the sixth group of inductees into STI’s prestigious Safety Wall of Fame, which recognizes those among the STI family who are truly outstanding individuals, both at work and in their communities.
Employees were nominated by STI location managers in the U.S. and Canada, and held to the highest criteria of safety within their role, along with the extraordinary character. The 15 inductees into this year’s Safety Wall of Fame will be recognized during a special ceremony in the spring with members of the STI executive and senior leadership teams in Charleston, S.C.
This year’s inductees into the Safety Wall of Fame are:
- Orlando Alfaro; North Hollywood, Calif.
- Jean Barber; London, Ont. Canada
- Chris Clark; Genesee Valley, N.Y.
- Bobbie Davis; Markham, Ill.
- Donna Ewing; White Settlement, Tex.
- Paul C. Harris; Lakeland, Wis.
- Jason Haywood; Jacksonville, Fla.
- Margaret Homick; Macungie, Pa.
- Eileen Nikolaus; Hempfield, Pa.
- Michelle Pelchat; Chariho, R.I.
- Helen Peterson; Battle Ground, Wash.
- Bonnie See; Meridian, Id.
- Cornell Smith; Annapolis, Md.
- Shirley Tschirren; Omaha, Neb.
- Michael Wrighten; North Charleston, S.C.
About Student Transportation, Inc.
Founded in 1997, Student Transportation, Inc. is an industry leader in school transportation, safety and fleet services. STI operates more than 13,500 vehicles, providing customers with the highest level of safe and reliable student transportation, management, logistics and technology solutions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Services are delivered by drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, managers, information technology professionals and others, who are caring members of their local communities. www.RideSTBus.com