HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 10, 2017) – Bus drivers and riders for Henderson County Public Schools will be showered with love from their school communities Feb. 13-17 during N.C. School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. Students are preparing “thank you” Valentine’s Day cards and drawing artwork for their drivers, while school staff members plan on treating drivers and bus garage employees to breakfasts and lunches, drawings for gift cards, and goody bags throughout the week.
Each weekday, HCPS bus drivers transport 6,300 children throughout the county, and log more than 1 million miles each year. They’re some of the first to arrive at schools in the mornings around 6 a.m., and on particularly cold days they get there even earlier to warm up the buses before starting their routes. They build long lasting friendships with students and parents, and often perform additional duties in their schools.
“Our bus drivers are tasked with the incredible responsibility of transporting the most precious cargo to and from schools on tight schedules,” said Superintendent Bo Caldwell. “We appreciate their dedication and compassion for all the students in their care.”
Several schools, including Apple Valley Middle, Atkinson Elementary, Bruce Drysdale Elementary, Clear Creek Elementary, Dana Elementary, Fletcher Elementary, Glenn C. Marlow Elementary, Hendersonville Middle, Mills River Elementary, Rugby Middle, and Sugarloaf Elementary are treating their bus drivers to meals one or more days of next week, and Atkinson and Sugarloaf are also hosting ice cream socials for their drivers.
At North Henderson High and Apple Valley Middle, teachers will be participating in “ride alongs” with bus drivers on afternoon routes, to gain a greater appreciation for their peers and to improve relationships with students. Buster the Bus, an animated bus robot from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, will also be visiting Bruce Drysdale and Dana elmentaries to teach students about bus safety.
The school system will also be featuring individual bus driver profiles on the HCPS website and Facebook pages each day of the week, in an effort to introduce the community to some of our most beloved, reliable staff members.