Don Sanders of Maine started the Bus Book Bags program and was recognized by the nonprofit Maine Children's Alliance. Photo by Maine Education Association

School bus driver awarded for literacy program

Don Sanders of Maine brought children’s books on his bus to get children to read more, and the effort grew into the Bus Book Bags program, with school district and library partnerships. He was recognized by a children’s nonprofit for the program.


Maine’s Kevin Mallory honored for ‘green’ bus efforts

The transportation director for Portland Public Schools has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPA, which will be presented to him on June 26. The award is in recognition of his work to reduce pollution from the school system’s bus fleet and raise awareness about the benefits of “greener” transportation.


Maine bus driver saves choking child’s life

Nathan Philbrick is able to stop his bus and administer the Heimlich maneuver to a student who was choking on candy and was not breathing. The district's superintendent says that the incident illustrates the importance of investing in safety training, even in tight budget years.


School bus runs over Maine student's foot

The boy suffers "severe bruising" but no broken bones when the bus runs over his foot while he is taking an instrument from a storage bin underneath, officials say. The district subsequently adjusts its policies on the use of the compartments.


Maine school bus damaged in fire

No one is injured in the blaze, but the Portland Public Schools bus sustains an estimated $35,000 in damage. The district says that an employee was patching the bus' seats using tape, liquid vinyl and a heat gun when the fire began.

As part of their campaign, Maine School Administrative District #61 transportation staff wear yellow T-shirts that declare the district a bully-free zone.

Maine district takes action to stop bus bullying

When the transportation director for Maine School Administrative District #61 in Bridgton discovers that 50% of bus drivers’ referrals are from bullying incidents, he tasks bus driver/trainer Line Mulcahy and her colleague with developing an anti-bullying campaign. Mulcahy discusses its components with SBF, and says that it has had a positive impact.

Maine School Administrative District #37 bus driver Clara Anne Freeman practices evacuating a bus via the side window emergency exit as part of a new training initiative. At left is driver Patricia Thaxter, and driver Darlene Stubbs is holding the window open.   

District launches new bus evacuation training effort

The transportation staff at Maine School Administrative District #37 in Harrington incorporates side window emergency exit evacuation into its training following an accident wherein the rear exit of a bus became unusable. Director of Transportation Dawn Coffin tells SBF that the bus drivers learned safe techniques for this type of evacuation, and the district hopes to begin the training with students in the upcoming school year.

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