Presentation on theme: "Todays Presenters: Opportunities for parents, students & the media to raise awareness about school bus transportation and safety by recognizing those."— Presentation transcript:
Opportunities for parents, students & the media to raise awareness about school bus transportation and safety by recognizing those who make it happen every day American School Bus Council (ASBC) created the Love the Bus Campaign in 2007 More than 26 million students are driven each day on more than 480,000 school buses every day
PREPARE FOR YOUR EVENT TODAY! Go to the Love the Bus Website: www.lovethebus.com Bus Driver Testimonials Favorite Bus Driver Submissions Valentine cards, etc. Educators Toolkit Fact Sheets Coloring Pages Certificates for Students
Transportation Directors 1.Send letter/e-mail to all school principals to give them ideas and links for their teachers for LTB week 2.Work with district communication or PIO office to have press release or media information sent out one week prior to 2/14/11 3.Encourage drivers of elementary students to decorate the inside of the bus with Valentines 4.Allow buses to park at schools on 2/14 so that classrooms may come out to visit the bus, thank driver and leave a note 5.Ensure all transportation staff and school board members are aware of national LTB activities
To Educators and Administrators: I am honored to introduce a webpage as well as an opportunity to participate in the Love The Bus program. This program is designed to thank our school bus drivers on Valentines Day and share your success stories. LoveTheBus.com has an educators toolkit where you can download certificates, valentines, blank cards and cutouts. Please visit the Web site for more information: http://www.lovethebus.comhttp://www.lovethebus.com Sincerely, Launi Schmutz, CDPT WCSD Transportation Administrator
A simple thought to reduce idling, is a savings of approximately $5,000 a year. The drivers took a pledge to stop idling for the health of the children, fuel economy, as well as the community and their own health. I am proud to say, the drivers combined reduced their idling by over 12 hours a day. Approximately every hour of idling uses a ½ gallon of fuel.
Studies conducted by the American School Bus Council indicate: Over $40 million is saved annually by transporting our Utah school children on school buses. Over 11 million gallons of fuel are saved each year, with over 86,000 fewer vehicles on the road. With each bus replacing 36 vehicles, traffic congestion is reduced and harmful particulate matter is reduced by thousands of pounds! Nationally for every 32,500 children transported, one life is saved a year. In Utah, that is at least five lives each year.
School Bus Contractors 1.Give the drivers a Love the Bus logo item (T-shirt, pin, sticker, etc.) to wear while driving 2.Host a driver appreciation event in your terminal 3.Purchase ad space on a billboard near a high-traffic area for a thank you 4.Issue a joint press release to the community about Love the Bus that asks the community to recognize school bus drivers they see 5.Work in conjunction with the school district
State Directors 1.Send a blast e-mail to all local directors encouraging them to participate 2.Create a web page specific to your state's Love the Bus activities 3.Coordinate a state official riding the school bus and notify media; example: http://charlotte.news14.com/content/6219 07/campaign-encourages-more-students-to-board-buseshttp://charlotte.news14.com/content/6219 07/campaign-encourages-more-students-to-board-buses 4.Personally get involved in a Love the Bus event and make some sort of official announcement, proclamation, etc. 5.Host a webinar or post a video explaining to districts what they can do and why it is important
LOVE THE BUS! Student Involvement Driver Appreciation Press Event www.ncbussafety.org
LOVE THE BUS! STUDENT INVOLVEMENT www.lovethebus.com Send online Valentines Day Greetings Hand-made Valentine Cards LOVE THE BUS – autographed lips to Kiss the Bus Welcome the Drivers School Bus Safety (e.g. Buster the Bus)
What if? What if the school buses that are on the road today werent on the road?
School Buses keep an estimated 17.3 million cars off roads surrounding schools each morning Carpooling to school creates –Unnecessary vehicle idling –Higher emissions –Wasted fuel and money –Safety concerns What if the school buses that are on the road today werent on the road? What if?