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Safety Dog Bus Tour Arrives in Springfield October 17

October 16, 2017

Tour Promotes Safe Bus Behavior for Students and Motorists

Springfield, Ill. (October 16, 2017) — School transportation leader First Student shines a spotlight on safe school-bus behavior with its third-annual Safety Dog Bus Tour. Safety Dog will visit Springfield during National School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 16-20. 

The final of eight stops across North America, the Safety Dog Bus Tour will be at Feitshans Elementary School, 1101 South 15th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Harvard Park Elementary School, 2501 S. 11th Street, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17.

First Student has been the bus transportation provider for Springfield Public Schools for more than 35 years, transporting 12,000 students each day.

“Student safety is at the heart of everything we do,” said First Student Senior Local Manager Josh Goossen. “For the third year in a row, the Safety Dog Bus Tour provides an engaging platform to share valuable safety messages with thousands of students and their parents within the communities we serve. By making it fun, safety messages are delivered in a memorable way.” 

The Safety Dog Bus Tour uses fun, interactive activities to teach safe bus riding basics. Students can explore a First Student bus; “Walk the Yellow Carpet” and pose for a photo with Safety Dog, the safety mascot for First Student; sign a safety pledge and leave with a bag full of goodies. 

The Tour also aims to remind motorists that they, too, have an important role in keeping bus riders safe by obeying the laws of stop arm safety. A recent survey suggests there could be more than 14 million illegal stop-arm passes during a school year. With the theme #StopOnRed, this, too, is the message of National School Bus Safety Week. 

Safety tips and downloadable activities for students and parents are available at safetydogbustour.com. Safety tips and tour updates also can be found by following First Student on TwitterFacebook and Instagram as well as the #SafetyDogBusTour hashtag.

About First Student, Inc. 

As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes five million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, and charter services for 1,100 school district contracts. For more information, please visit firststudentinc.com.