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First ever Bus Driver Appreciation Day - February 22
February 22nd Marks State's First Bus Driver Appreciation Day
SAINT PAUL, Minn. [article source] – In darkness and daylight, on dirt roads and multi-lane highways, from warm spring days to frigid winters, Minnesota school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school each day. To recognize this important profession, Wednesday, February 22, has been proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton the first-ever statewide celebration of School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota.

The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (
MSBOA) and Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) teamed up to create School Bus Driver Appreciation Day as a way to encourage school leaders, parents, and students to celebrate the often overlooked profession.

Our Wonderful Bus Drivers
We Appreciate You!  Thank You for All You Do to Keep Our Children Safe!
Back row [left to right]:  Richard Carr, John Beckman, Dan Kildahl
Front row [left to right]: Randy Muller, Ron Belongie
, Brent Stampka
 
School bus drivers transport parents’ most precious cargo – their children – day in and day out, and they do this job humbly and with great pride,” said MSBOA President Josh Schiffler. “We are thankful that Governor Dayton has declared February 22 School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota so that we can give these quiet heroes the recognition they deserve.”
 
“School bus drivers are often the first person a student interacts with every morning, and the last person they see from school in the afternoon,” said Dr. Cassellius. “They are part of the many, wonderful Minnesotans who positively impact a student’s school experience every day, and I am excited to honor our school bus drivers for all of their hard work.”
 
“We are so grateful for school bus drivers who realize that nothing is more important than our children’s safety,” said Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman.
 
“School Bus Driver Appreciation Day is a great way to honor their work and show our appreciation. We can help them every time we get behind the wheel by stopping for red flashing lights or stop arms and paying attention in neighborhoods and school zones. That’s the best ‘thank you’ we can give them, and together, we can keep our kids safe.”
 
Our Substitute Bus Drivers
We Appreciate You!  Thank You for All You Do to Keep Our Children Safe!
Jeff Beckman Mike Beckman Mary Muller Dave Runningen

Additional reasons to celebrate School Bus Driver Appreciation Day include the impact that school buses have on student safety and the environment. Students are nearly eight times safer riding to and from school in a school bus than in cars, thanks to rigorous safety standards for vehicles and drivers, as well as student training efforts. The school bus driving industry is the largest form of mass transit in Minnesota, and it has reduced its environmental impact through the use of alternative fuels and retrofits on diesel engines.

“Our school bus drivers take their jobs seriously and are committed to getting kids to and from school safely,” said MAPT President Derrick Agate Sr. “We hope that Minnesotans help us recognize school bus drivers in their communities on February 22, and that more people consider this important and in-demand career.”


 



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