WALL, N.J. — Student Transportation Inc. (STI) has kicked off its sixth annual Anti-Bullying Awareness Month.
The company-wide “Bully-Free Buses” campaign was led by Blue Shirt Day. STI's drivers, dispatchers, mechanics, and others wore blue shirts on Monday and will wear them throughout the month to show solidarity against bullying, on and off the school bus.
"Blue Shirt Day is a simple way for STI and our employees to show our communities that we will not tolerate bullying, and that driving bully-free buses is of the utmost importance to our drivers," said Nick Pizzo, director of organizational development.
Across the U.S. and Canada, STI's family of companies will also host community awareness events that will include presentations from law enforcement, meetings with school district representatives, and poster contests and other activities to engage the more than 1 million children STI transports daily.
According to the company, STI also engages in anti-bullying awareness and prevention education throughout the year. STI's web-based learning management system, ST University, now features five bullying-prevention learning modules, from workshops to courses on recognizing bullying and best practices for handling bullying situations on the school bus.
"The courses that we developed provide an extensive layer of education and awareness, proving that we want our buses to not only be a ‘safe zone' for the children we transport, but also a peaceful and pleasant environment," Pizzo said.