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Celebrate your students bus driver this “Love the Bus” Month

Posted: 4:10 AM, Feb 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-13 09:53:08-05

Valentines Day is fast approaching and here’s someone you can show a little extra love to – your child’s school bus driver.

February is Love the Bus Month and we wanted to get to know some of the people behind the wheel.

A lot of your kids school bus drivers wake up before 4 a.m. and drive in extremely cold weather. It’s definitely not an easy job, but we caught up with one bus driver about why it’s so worth it.

“I’ve been doing the same route for 11 years,” says District 11 Bus Driver Jack Richards. “I go into Peterson Air Force Base and pick up my high schoolers and bring them to Mitchell then I go back to the base and pick up these youngsters.”

“The thing that makes him so cool, we tell him bye and he says by sweeties,” said McAuliffe Elementary 1st grader Kali Santiago about her bus driver.

Jack is a bus driver in District 11. It started out as a retirement gig after 20 years in law enforcement and soon turned into a passion.

“You can tell if they’ve had a bad morning,” said Jack. “I’ll look at them and say, give me a smile you, look better when you’re smiling.”

“He plays different music, but doesn’t put it so loud because he has to concentrate on his driving,” said Kali.

“I don’t know what make it special for them, but what makes it special for me is them,” continued Jack.

During Love the Bus month make sure to give a big smile, or thank you to your child’s bus driver.You can even print off a little thank you note from lovethebus.org .