Since 2007, American School Bus Council (ASBC) has celebrated the school bus’ influence on learning through stories that span the nation. Each February, we invite students, schools, and educators to highlight the important role of the yellow school bus in their communities and show appreciation for the school bus drivers who safely transport more than 25 million children to and from school every day. By sharing your stories, you can help promote the benefits of the school bus on a national level.

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Since 2007, American School Bus Council (ASBC) has celebrated the school bus’ influence on learning through stories that span the nation. Each February, we invite students, schools, and educators to highlight the important role of the yellow school bus in their communities and show appreciation for the school bus drivers who safely transport more than 25 million children to and from school every day. 

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Love the Bus

ASBC Love the Bus Event Shows
How School Bus Drivers Help Drive Students to Success

The role of the yellow school bus and their drivers in helping students succeed was the central focus of the American School Bus Council’s (ASBC) February 2019 Love the Bus Event. This year’s launched Love the Bus activities at the Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy in the East Aurora (Illinois) School District 131 on February 8, 2019.

Since 2007, during Love The Bus Month each February ASBC has celebrated the important role that school buses and their drivers play in student learning. Every year, the council invites students, schools, and educators across the nation to highlight the important role of the yellow school bus in their communities and show appreciation for the school bus drivers who safely transport more than 26 million children to and from school every day.

At the event, the role of the school bus came to life through a multitude of stories. Dr. Jennifer Norrell, superintendent of East Aurora School District 131 opened the 40-minute celebration by noting the positive difference the district’s new school bus service has meant to its students. Prior to 2018, the school district did not offer school bus service. Dr. Norrell said students are now arriving to school on time, rested, and as a result are performing better.

Ms. Annette Johnson, School Board President, who actually spearheaded the efforts to start the district’s bus service, related the years of struggle to achieve her vision. Ironically, East Aurora School District was established in 1847, making it the first public school district in Illinois. The district just had never implemented bus service. Ms. Johnson attributed the decreasing number of students and their families as well as business in the area’s past to the lack of school bus service. Fears that the district could not afford the service, she said, were far from true. In the end, she said the district found state incentives that helped fund a portion of the bus service. And, she is thrilled with the results. According to school officials, attendance among middle-school students who were eligible to ride the buses rose by 27 percent, linking school bus transportation to academic success.

A. L. Reeves, director of mentoring from Harford Schools in Baltimore, was ASBC’s guest speaker. His motivational personal story of how bus service was crucial to his own education had the 400 plus students, bus drivers and guests in attendance enthralled. “The day starts and ends with the bus drivers,” he said. “They make your education possible.” He added, without the bus drivers who transported him to school each day when he was growing up, he might not have made it to school. He would not have started his education journey that has ultimately brought him to success. He challenged the children to appreciate the benefit of the bus and he thanked the bus drivers for their service.

During the ceremony, a portion of the 127 bus drivers in the district were presented with a certificate of appreciation and a gift. Buster the Bus also made a special appearance, providing students with safety tips on the loading and unloading the bus.

This year a multitude of local school districts and contractors held their own Love the Bus events. The following individuals won the 2019 ASBC Facebook Contest.
• First Place: Janice Singleton Kirgis, 27J Transportation Department
• Second Place Winner – Kimberly Frye, OCPS Transportation
• Third Place: Tied Tamika Walker Kelly and Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, both RedforEd

ASBC encourages districts and contractors to share 2019 photos or stories  #LoveTheBus and @WeLoveTheBus with ASBC through Twitter AND to mark their calendars for the February 2020 Love the Bus.

Downloadable Resources

Love The Bus Driver Certificate of Appreciation

Print certificates of appreciation to reward drivers for their dedication and service to protect and take care of America’s schoolchildren.

Stop for Safety Coloring Sheet

Print, color and share.

Love the Bus Coloring Sheet

Print, color and share.

Love The Bus Cards

Download the PDF file, print them on your printer and cut in half. 

Love The Bus Driver Cards

Download the PDF file, print them on your printer and cut in half. 

Love the Bus Lip Cutouts

Print, cut and share.

Love the Bus Bumper Magnet

Use this art to create a bumper sticker or magnet for your vehicle.

Love the Bus Lip Magnet

Use this art to create a 5 x 7 inch magnet.

Love The Bus Driver Name Badge Template

Parents and children want to know their bus driver. Download these name badge PDFs, customize and print. The badge stock is Avery Template 5390.

Love The Bus Driver Adhesive Name Badge Template

Parents and children want to know their bus driver. Download these name badge PDFs, customize and print. The adhesive badge stock is Avery Template 8395.

Love The Bus Driver T-Shirt Artwork

Drivers will want to wear this t-shirt that exclaims, “I love driving the yellow school bus because I protect and take care of my children.” Download and print t-shirts to recognize and reward your bus drivers during Love The Bus, or throughout the year. Use the T-Shirt Template PDF for placement of the art files and the PNG files.

Reach Out: The American School Bus Council appreciates your interest and wants to hear from you. Please email us with any questions, thoughts, or suggestions at info@americanschoolbuscouncil.org, or sign up for updates.