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Pupil transporters nationwide are letting the high school seniors they transport know that they are proud of them with a timely tribute: organizing school buses in their fleets to form “2020,” for their graduation year.
Christopher Taft, a First Student location manager in Dover, N.H., told School Bus Fleet that 48 of his bus drivers, as well as driver trainers and office personnel, arranged 22 buses to read as the year from above to honor all of the seniors attending three local school districts and surrounding towns on May 8. The employees also made a banner to recognize all the routes and first names of the drivers for all 36 bus routes, as well as signs to celebrate the seniors, he added. The drivers stood six feet apart inside the zeroes of the 2020 bus formation, along with Taft.
The parking lot of a college campus was able to accommodate the nearly two dozen buses. The First Student location hired a photographer, Memories Studio, which used a drone to take aerial photos, according to Fosters.com.
Meanwhile, in Washington state, the East Valley School District 361 transportation department in Spokane Valley similarly recognized its seniors, adjusting to the change in plans brought about by the pandemic on Monday. Ten bus drivers positioned the 22 buses to read “2020” from the air. Lorri Smith, the district’s transportation director, told SBF that, given the smaller size of the district (it transports about 2,800 students daily), many of its drivers take the same students to and from school starting from preschool and ending with graduation, and get to know them well over the years.
“They hold a special place in their hearts for our kids,” she added. “This was a small token from the transportation department to honor our seniors.”