The Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation (VAPT) in cooperation with its business partners will host the second annual statewide Love The Bus celebration at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The rally will take place in downtown Richmond at the historic Bell Tower in Capitol Square (101 North Ninth Street, Richmond, VA 23219). Both state and national representatives have been invited to offer remarks during the event.
A reception will follow at the Darden Memorial Garden (the walkway between the General Assembly Building on Ninth Street and the Capitol). Students and pupil transportation officials from across the Commonwealth will gather at this event to celebrate the iconic yellow school bus. The event will also serve to highlight the vital contributions pupil transportation plays in Virginia’s public education mission.
The festivities will include Love The Bus themed artwork displays created by local school children, and musical performances. Attendees will also have the opportunity to step aboard several modern school buses to see firsthand the features that make the school bus one of the safest modes of ground transportation in the world.
Organized in conjunction with the American School Bus Council, Love The Bus festivities will be held by yellow school bus fans across the nation throughout the month. These events are designed to raise public awareness of the important safety, economic, and educational benefits of pupil transportation.
A resolution has recently been introduced in the General Assembly to designate February as Love the Bus Month. It is currently being reviewed by the House Rules Committee.