ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — A father and his two daughters have published a children’s book that highlights the importance of school bus drivers, referring to them as “transportation teachers,” Howard County Times reports.
In “Why Our Teacher Wears Yellow,” Mark Booker and his daughters, Renarda, 14, and Cypress, 11, tell a story through four characters who ride “Roodie” the school bus to School 224, and have adventures along the way, according to the newspaper. The Booker family told Howard County Times that they drew from their own personal experiences. The book was published through an education services company called Education That LLC, where Mark Booker is a managing partner.
Cypress and Renarda told the newspaper that they remember their father forming a relationship with their bus driver. Renarda said that “people don't recognize that bus drivers aren't just the people who drive you back and forth to school. You can have relationships with them just like you do with your teachers and peers." Cypress added that the family wrote the book to show “that the bus can be a fun learning experience."
David Ramsay, director of transportation for Howard County Public School System, told Howard County Times that although he has not read the book yet, he is “pleased that children like Renarda and Cypress are recognizing the pivotal role of bus drivers.”
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