Safe Arrival: Children learn about rules to follow when approaching, exiting and waiting for the school bus


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/Retired bus driver Betty McCleery waits while students from Seymour's Emerson Elementary board the bus for instructions on school bus safety. Schools observed National School Bus Safety Week between October 15 and October 19 with bus safety drills, and lessons on proper bus safety.

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Students from Seymour's Emerson Elementary School listen to retired bus driver Betty McCleery as she talks about school bus safety. Schools observed National School Bus Safety Week between October 15 and October 19.

Students at Seymour elementary schools received a lesson in safety recently as part of the corporation’s annual National Bus Safety Week program.

“Anything we can do to promote school bus safety, we’re doing,” transportation director Tim Fosbrink said. “I want to do whatever I can to keep kids safe.”

Throughout the week, which was Oct 15-19 this year, Fosbrink and bus drivers traveled to schools in the district to talk to students about safe practices on and off the bus.

Fosbrink said this year the safety team used the motto “I see the driver. The driver sees me” to teach students safe practices at bus stops.

He said students learned how close is too close to stand at bus stops as well as other bus safety tips.

A bus driver since 1980, Fosbrink created a safety team of drivers to help promote school bus safety in the school district. The current safety team consists of drivers Bob Gray, Lou Ann Hoevener, Sandy Waskom, Mary Ann Lush and Brenda Fosbrink.

Gray said when it comes to driving kids, it’s all about safety. He drives three routes each day with 40 to 70 students riding at a time.

Waskom drives two routes with similar numbers of students on each. She said she emphasized safety for students in situations such as fires but also in regular situations such as crossing traffic and waiting at bus stops.

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