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NAPT News & Views — Why you should love the bus

Mid-August through mid-September each year is the perfect time to let everyone know about a project that began in 2007 called “Love the Bus.” I encourage everyone who cares about school buses to learn more about what NAPT and its partners in the American School Bus Council are doing to promote the yellow school bus and help us by spreading the word.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx spoke to elementary schoolchildren about being respectful to their bus drivers at Friday's main Love the Bus event at Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, N.C.
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Anthony Foxx: School bus safety data are ‘remarkable’

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation attends Friday’s main Love the Bus event in High Point, N.C., and says school bus drivers are “unsung heroes.” In a follow-up blog post on Monday, he says that the data on school transportation indicate that the safest way for students to get to school is on a school bus with a “well-trained driver.” He adds that the data are “even more remarkable when you think about just how many students are riding the bus every day.”

On Feb. 4, Transportation South in Pelham, Ala., held a Love the Bus event to recognize the state’s best bus drivers, as voted by students, parents and teachers. Attendees enjoyed lunch while listening to music and hearing from state director Joe Lightsey.
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Communities go yellow for ‘Love the Bus’

Pupil transportation operations and associations around the country are showing their appreciation for school bus drivers and recognizing the important role that yellow buses play in students’ education with “Love the Bus” celebrations this month.

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Alabama event honors school bus drivers, including Charles Poland

At a celebration held at Transportation South, Harry Leach of Trussville City Schools is named Alabama's Love the Bus driver of the year. A moment of silence is observed for Charles Poland, the driver who was fatally shot while protecting his passengers in Midland City.

In Houston, the office of Mayor Annise D. Parker recognized the transportation department staff at Houston Independent School District by lighting City Hall in yellow for six days.
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Pupil transporters, communities celebrate ‘Love the Bus’

From Texas to Illinois to Virginia and beyond, the industry and the communities they serve are recognizing school bus drivers and others involved in transporting students to and from school. Here’s a roundup of some of this year’s events.

Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited students at Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday in honor of “Love the Bus” month.Photo by Megan Benfatti
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LaHood celebrates ‘Love the Bus’ in Virginia

Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visits Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington on Tuesday, where students sing and rap for him. LaHood tells the children, “I want you kids to thank your drivers when you go home today. They care a lot about getting you to and from school safely.”

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke to students and answered a variety of questions from them at a Love the Bus event in Takoma Park, Md., in 2011.Photo courtesy U.S. DOT
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LaHood to speak at 'Love the Bus' event

Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood accepts an invitation to serve as the lead speaker at the American School Bus Council’s main “Love the Bus” event at an elementary school in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 12. It will mark the second time he has participated in a Love the Bus celebration — the first was in 2011 in Takoma Park, Md.

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Alabama’s Transportation South to host ‘Love the Bus’ celebration

A celebration on Valentine’s Day at the school bus dealership will honor the state’s best school bus drivers, as voted by students, parents and teachers. Alabama state pupil transportation director Joe Lightsey will speak, and more than 150 school and community leaders from throughout the region are expected to attend.

During his four years as U.S. transportation secretary, Ray LaHood showed support for the school bus industry and took on issues impacting it, such as distracted driving.  
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LaHood to step down as transportation secretary

Ray LaHood announces on Tuesday to the employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation that he will not serve a second term, but he says he will stay on until his successor is confirmed. LaHood showed support for the pupil transportation industry during his term, calling for funding of a program to promote the benefits of yellow buses, attending industry events and taking on such issues as distracted driving.

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