Minnesota’s fourth annual School Bus Driver Appreciation Day to bring attention to statewide driver shortage
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Feb. 12, 2020 – Thousands of hardworking school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school each day across the state. To recognize this important profession, Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed Wednesday, Feb. 26, as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in the state of Minnesota.
School districts across Minnesota will celebrate the fourth annual School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in special ways, such as bypassing out student-made thank you cards and providing food and beverages to bus drivers. The I-35W bridge in Minneapolis will also be lit yellow in recognition of School Bus Driver Appreciation Day on the evening of Feb. 26.
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (MSBOA) and the Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) teamed up to create School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota to encourage school leaders, parents and students to celebrate the often-overlooked profession.
“School bus drivers can be powerful mentors, as they often bookend a student’s school day and make a positive influence on that child’s educational experience,” said MSBOA President Garrett Regan. “School bus driving is an important but often unacknowledged profession, and we are thankful that Governor Walz has declared February 26 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota to help give bus drivers the recognition they deserve.”
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