In America, an estimated half million school buses transport nearly three million children to school and home again. Traversing city streets and rural routes, these buses, painted in their distinctive yellow hue, provide safe transportation for school children 180 days each year. Drivers must pass special training and are considered civil servants, just as school teachers are.
On the fourth Tuesday in April, we acknowledge these unsung heroes. School Bus Drivers’ Day originated in 2009, when the California State Assembly passed a bill that draws attention to the valuable services drivers provide. The bill also recognizes the education, mechanical knowledge and special licenses required to become one of these dedicated professionals.
As this holiday takes place on a weekday during the school year, hard-working drivers won’t be getting the day off. For ideas on the best way to celebrate School Bus Drivers’ Day, take inspiration from your children’s artistic abilities. Have them create pictures or cards for their favorite drivers. A special homemade treat is another way to show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication to your children’s safety.