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Drivers thanked for their service during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Districts and schools across the state and nation are showing their for their school bus drivers! It's School Bus Driver Appreciation Week across North Carolina.(Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Districts and schools across the state and nation are showing their for their school bus drivers! It's School Bus Driver Appreciation Week across North Carolina.

Numerous events are being held across the state for students and staff. Bus drivers are getting everything from cards, to snacks and goodies, to breakfast.

In North Carolina, more than 800,000 students board over 13,000 school buses each day. Their drivers must complete rigorous training and be certified to drive a bus.

Kevin Harrison, transportation services section chief for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, said the state’s bus drivers earn the week of recognition every day of the school year.

“School bus drivers are entrusted with a great responsibility: to safely transport our children to and from school each day,” Harrison said. “To do this, they must drive their students, watch out for them, listen to them and teach them. We ask so much of bus drivers every day. I hope that all students, parents and staff will take a moment to express their appreciation for the many things their bus drivers do.”

Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed Feb. 12-16 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Week in North Carolina, and urges all school communities to take a moment to thank bus drivers for their service.

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