Hope-Hill Elementary School Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week

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Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen (left) and Hope-Hill Elementary School Principal Maureen Wheeler are joined by Transportation Director John Franklin (center), At-Large board member Kandis Wood Jackson (far right), Hope-Hill bus drivers, and students during a National School Bus Safety Week assembly.

Did you know that students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely if they take the school bus instead of traveling by car, and those who take the school bus are less likely to be absent and often perform well academically?

Those were just a few of the important facts that students at Hope-Hill Elementary School learned during a special assembly held in celebration of National School Bus Safety Week on Oct. 24. Students, teachers, administrators and instructional staff joined Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen in thanking the school’s bus drivers for their commitment to keeping students safe both on and off the road.

During the school assembly, Principal Maureen Wheeler, Dr. Carstarphen and APS Transportation Director John Franklin presented bus drivers Octavia Durden, Jerome Yon, Beverly Cooper, Eureka Woods and Sheila Alexander with gifts, and thanked each for their commitment and dedication to transporting Hope-Hill students.

Fifth graders Amia Williams and Amarion Jones encouraged their classmates to stay safe on the bus, while community partners Nichole Hollis and Angela Johnson, of Georgia Commute Schools and Safe Kids Fulton, respectively, provided students with bus safety tips and incentive prizes.

“We are so grateful for our bus drivers and their commitment and dedication to keeping our students safe,” Wheeler said. “This (assembly) gives us the opportunity to share our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for all that our amazing drivers do to transport Hope-Hill students safely to and from school every day.”

Held the third full week in October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is designed for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus drivers and administrators, community partners and other organizations to work together to address the importance of school bus safety. This year’s theme is “My Driver – My Safety Hero!” which recognizes school bus drivers who keep children safe on the ride to and from school.

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