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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: FEBRUARY 11, 2008

AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS COUNCIL CELEBRATES "LOVE THE BUS" IN NORTH CAROLINA

Valentine's Day Program Shows Appreciation for School Buses and School Bus Drivers

Have you thanked your school bus driver lately?

This month, the American School Bus Council encourages parents, students, teachers and school administrators to celebrate "Love The Bus," a national education campaign designed to raise awareness of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who safely drive more than 25 million children to and from school each day.

"School bus drivers are one of the greatest assets of our community, for they are entrusted with the safety and well-being of our children," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. Added Derek Graham, DPI Transportation Services section chief, "Love the Bus is our way of saying thank you to the drivers who not only keep our children safe, but also serve as role models, mentors and friends to schoolchildren across the country."

Parents, teachers and children can 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. Graham currently serves as the president of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (www.nasdpts.org) and represents that organization on the American School Bus Council.

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. The Council is 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.

For more information, visit www.AmericanSchoolBusCouncil.org or contact NCDPI Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham at dgraham@dpi.state.nc.us or by phone, 919.807.3570.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.