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Growing up yellow
June 29, 2009
I wonder whether my boys will get to a point in their youth when they begin to think the school bus is not cool. Will I need to lecture them on how safe it is, how convenient it is, how it reduces traffic and our own gas consumption? And will they care about any of that? ...
Do you tweet?
June 22, 2009
Many public organizations are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon to publish important information . . .
School bus delivers WWII education
June 15, 2009
Here’s yet another fascinating second life for a school bus: a traveling World War II museum. The 40-foot “BUS-eum,” as it’s called, has been roaming across the Midwest to inform folks about the experiences of prisoners of war in Nazi Germany. ...
Taking Time to Help Students in Need
June 8, 2009
I recently read an article online about an elementary school counselor and a team of volunteers in Minden, Nev., who fill backpacks with nonperishable food for students in need every Friday afternoon during the school year. Bus drivers...
Observe and report
May 18, 2009
In a recent blog post, I wrote about two school bus driver-attendant teams who had spotted clear signs that a 13-year-old girl was being abused by her adoptive mother.Not long afterward, Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed into law a bill that adds school bus drivers and attendants to a list of “mandated reporters” of child abuse. The list already ...
Seeing the sights from the yellow bus
May 11, 2009
I recently found a story online about a school bus driver in Asheville, N.C., who has documented the historic sites and noteworthy landmarks along her bus route . . .
A noble response to job loss
April 27, 2009
It must be hard to look on the bright side when you’ve just been told that you’re losing your job. Somehow, Florida school bus driver Martha Brown was able to do just that.
Stories That Tickle Your Funny Bone
April 20, 2009
A Youngstown, Ohio-based news station reported on a humorous incident not too long ago involving a Western Reserve School District bus and a third grader's pet goat...
Book follows children on the bus
April 13, 2009
The history of civil rights in the U.S. has been tied to transportation in a unique way. School buses helped cross color lines when courts mandated desegregation of schools. . .
Where do our old school buses go?
March 30, 2009
Would you believe “Jurassic Park”? We’ve seen photos of old American school buses, painted over in a variety of bright colors and designs, that have taken on a new life in public transportation in Central or South America. But this is a surprising new example of a second act for our school buses.
A Little Extra Help Goes a Long Way
March 23, 2009
I recently read about an interesting service offered by a transportation department at a school district in Houston. Information on the transportation page of Aldine Independent School District’s Website indicates that the department has a nursery for its bus drivers, attendants and technicians. ...
The bus stop is a bus!
March 16, 2009
A reader from Georgia recently brought to our attention this school-bus themed bus shelter in Athens, Ga., and we had to find out more about it. . . .
Keeping a close watch
March 9, 2009
School bus drivers are often called the “eyes and ears” of their communities. That was certainly true in the case of 13-year-old Alexis “Lexie” Glover. The efforts of a few observant and caring pupil transporters could have led authorities to save Lexie’s life. ...
Boosting Employee Morale in Tough Times
February 23, 2009
It’s no secret that we are living in turbulent times. Perhaps two of the most unsettling side effects of the economic downturn in the U.S. are the rising percentage of unemployment and the number of companies that are going out of business. Some industries have been hit harder than others, but I think...
Getting Fired Up About Training
February 9, 2009
I recently interviewed Monica Coburn, transportation director at Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. in Columbus, Ind., about a new training facility she developed with other transportation professionals in the state. The facility includes two buses . . .
Wanted: Top Shops
January 26, 2009
School transportation is part of the “behind-the-scenes” network of services that help students get through their school day. Even further behind the scenes is the school bus shop staff. . .
A High-Profile Ride
January 12, 2009
As President-Elect Obama sent his daughters off for their first day of school in Washington, I couldn’t help but wonder how they traveled. I didn’t really expect the soon-to-be first daughters to climb aboard a yellow school bus, Secret Service agents in tow. But ...
The Holiday Spirit Thrives
December 22, 2008
Last week, the SBF staff received several photos from a transportation director in Fresno County, Calif., who said that they capture the area’s first snowfall of the school year. I have long associated snow with the holidays, so the photos were a reminder that the holiday season is in full swing.
Looking Forward to Green Fleets
December 15, 2008
As we work on our January 2009 issue, where we will highlight 10 Green Fleets Across America, I’ve been thinking about all the ways school transportation departments and bus companies can reduce, reuse and recycle.
We’ve come a long way
December 8, 2008
If you look back over the record of school bus loading/unloading fatalities, which has been compiled annually for nearly four decades, you may be alarmed. In 1970-71, the first school year reported, 75 children in the U.S. were killed by their own school bus or a passing vehicle. ...

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