WALL, N.J. — Student Transportation Inc. (STI) kicked off its Anti-Bullying Awareness Month in October with a company-wide “Bully-free Buses” campaign.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, STI's family of companies will be hosting awareness-raising events and activities during the month.

Part of the initiative included having all employees wear blue shirts on Oct. 1 to show solidarity against bullying and promote kindness. Leading up to the kick-off of Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, the locations also enlisted students, school officials and other community members to join in and wear blue shirts.

While STI elevates its bullying prevention efforts this October for the fifth consecutive year, it also educates bus drivers and other employees on bullying prevention year-round, company officials said. The company's ST University (STU) training curriculum implemented additional “Bullying Prevention Learning Modules” earlier this year.

"Our Learning Management System through STU is available to everyone in our company and helps provide additional perspective and support to our leadership teams and our drivers in all of our locations," said Nicholas Pizzo, STI's director of organizational development.

"Every school day we transport more than 1 million children to and from school, and we want our buses to not only be a 'safe zone,' but also a calm and enjoyable environment for the children on board."

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