The American School Bus Council announced that its 13th annual Love the Bus event to celebrate the importance of the yellow vehicles and their drivers, is scheduled for Feb. 8 in Aurora, Illinois.
East Aurora School District 131 is hosting the event at an elementary school. The district began regular daily school bus service for the first time in August 2017. It currently transports about 3,000 students who live more than 1.5 miles from their schools.
Rev. A.L Reeves will speak before an assembly of students, teachers, school district officials and school bus industry representatives. Reeves heads the organization Boys 2 Men, a multi-cultural mentoring program for males in grades five through eight. The group’s goal is to improve school work, as well as inspire academic development, self-esteem, character values, respect, responsibility and conflict resolution.
Reeves spoke before the National School Transportation Association last summer on how to build better relationships with students every day on school buses.
ASBC said it also plans to provide Love the Bus t-shirts to the 400 students in third through eighth grades at Fred Rogers Magnet Academy, plus gifts to 127 school district drivers.
Meanwhile, ASBC is encouraging school districts and bus companies nationwide to hold local events throughout February. The council posted links on its website to ideas, activities and resources.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated to remove the name of the elementary school hosting the ASBC event.
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