In darkness and daylight, on dirt roads and multi-lane highways, from warm spring days to frigid winters, Minnesota school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school each day.
To recognize this important profession, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Feb. 28 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota. School districts across Minnesota will celebrate the second annual School Bus Appreciation Day by passing out student- made thank you cards and providing food and beverages to bus drivers.
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (MSBOA) and Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) teamed up to create School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota as a way to encourage school leaders, parents, and students to celebrate the often overlooked profession.
“School bus drivers transport parents’ most precious cargo – their children – day in and day out, and they do this job humbly and with great pride,” said MSBOA President Josh Schiffler. “We are thankful that Governor Dayton has again declared Feb. 28 School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota so that we can give these humble heroes the recognition they deserve.”
Exceptional school bus drivers from around the state will be recognized at a press conference in Golden Valley on Feb. 28.
“When parents put their children on a school bus in the morning, they expect them to come home at the end of the day,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson, Minnesota State Patrol. “Bus drivers are dedicated to keeping our children safe, making it possible for parents to know their children are in good hands when they travel between home and school each day.”
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