Bus drivers get ready to greet students

Bus drivers are in many instances the first VBCPS employees that students will see on the first day of school. To get ready, the division’s 650-plus drivers, assistants, managers and transportation team members gathered Aug. 29 in Kellam High School’s auditorium for their annual Bus Driver In-service.

Superintendent Aaron Spence opened the event with words of appreciation.

“On Tuesday, there are going to be a whole lot of children who are going to be happy to see that bus show up,” Spence shared. “You have an opportunity every single day to make a child feel loved. It starts with you.”

After opening remarks, Dr. Spence and Executive Director of Fleet Services David Pace led an exciting laptop giveaway, compliments of one of the school division’s Great Dreams Need Great Teachers partners.

“If you have been driving a school bus for more than 30 years accident free, please stand up,” Pace said, which brought approximately 10 people to their feet.

“31 years or more,” Pace asked.

“32 years.

“33 or more years.”

The number of years inched upward as the applause of admiration grew louder for those still standing.

Finally, at 38 years one person remained: Beatrice Worlds.

“Come on down,” Pace said as he directed her to the stage while audience members cheered with admiration and Dr. Spence presented her the well-deserved prize.

Before the transportation team continued with the inservice, Dr. Spence left them with one final reminder. “I appreciate you. I appreciate your leadership. Let’s have a great school year.”

Enjoy more photos from the event.

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