NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: FEBRUARY 9, 2015


More than 13,300 yellow school buses take to the roads each school day to transport some of the state's most precious cargo – 800,000 students. Thanks to dedicated bus drivers, these students travel to and from schools safely. That is why State Superintendent June Atkinson is encouraging parents, teachers, school leaders and students to recognize these drivers during the national Love the Bus month in February. Atkinson also will help Wake County Schools celebrate its bus drivers by riding on a school bus taking students to Herbert Akins Road Elementary School (2255 Herbert Akins Road, Fuquay Varina, 27526) on Feb. 11. After arriving at the school, Atkinson will recognize more than 70 local drivers at a special breakfast reception at 9:30 a.m.

"Without school buses and drivers, many students would face significant challenges in finding safe, dependable transportation to and from school," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. "Buses and bus drivers provide a critical service to North Carolina families and we should take time to recognize this and honor drivers for the important role they play in making sure all children have access to public schools."

Gov. Pat McCrory also has proclaimed Feb. 9-13 as "School Bus Driver Appreciation Week" in North Carolina and he urges all school communities and citizens to support the Love the Bus program and to recognize the excellence of the state's school bus drivers and their record of safety.

In addition to Atkinson's event on Feb. 11 with Wake County Schools, many other North Carolina school districts will be hosting a variety of activities to show their support for bus drivers. To find out more about these activities, visit and click on the "Love the Bus" link under the Events Calendar. Parents, teachers and children also are encouraged to visit the American School Bus Council's website to share stories about their favorite bus drivers and make interactive valentines to email or print and give to their bus driver.

The Love the Bus program, founded in 2007 and coordinated by the American School Bus Council, is not only a way to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers nationwide but also provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the safety and environmental benefits of school bus transportation. Nationwide, school buses represent 25 percent of the miles traveled by students in this nation but account for less than 4 percent of the injuries.

Additional information on the ASBC is available online at

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.