While they continue to give the kids their undivided attention, this day is set aside to show our appreciation. Every year, on the fourth Tuesday in April, these unsung heroes have their own holiday.
School Bus Drivers’ Day originated in 2009 when a bill was passed by the California State Assembly, drawing attention to the valuable services drivers provide and to recognize the advanced education, certifications, and mechanical knowledge required to become a member of this dedicated profession.
Every day in America, an estimated half million buses transport nearly three million children to school and back home again. Traversing city streets and rural roads these buses, painted in a distinctive yellow hue and driven by dedicated civil servants, provide safe transportation 180 days a year.
Because this observance is on a weekday during the school year, these hard-working drivers won’t be getting any time off. But don’t let that stop you from observing School Bus Drivers’ Day. Encourage your child to create a painting or card for her favorite driver.
And remember, you don’t have to be a parent. A homemade treat or gift card is another way of showing appreciation for your local school bus driver’s hard work and dedication.