Buster the School Bus Tours SCPS for National School Bus Safety Week 2022

WESTOVER, MD, October 20, 2022 – Somerset County Public Schools (SCPS) Transportation Department recently implemented a new school bus safety program for PreK-3 through 2nd Grade students for National School Bus Safety Week; an annual public awareness campaign observed in the third week of October that seeks to educate students, parents, and the public about the importance of school bus safety.
 
In an effort to enhance school bus safety for the district’s youngest students, SCPS Transportation Department presented “Buster the School Bus,” a special program geared towards PreK-3 through 2nd Grade students featuring “Buster,” a miniature remote controlled school bus that drives, talks, flashes its lights and entertains young children, while also teaching them how to be safe school bus passengers. Buster’s operator, SCPS Driver-Trainer and Somerset Sheriff’s Corporal, Lemuel White, Jr., visited elementary schools across the county the week of October 17-21 to give interactive presentations and distribute learning materials for students to keep and share with family.
 
SCPS Transportation Supervisor, Michael Bartemy shared, “The Buster the School Bus program is a fun and entertaining way to reinforce school bus safety for returning students, and teach those who have never ridden a school bus before.”
 
SCPS Transportation secured funding for Buster and the program materials through the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) Risk Management Grant, an annual program that funds one-time purchases that directly support a school system’s risk management goals and objectives. Buster will make additional appearances in schools and at partner & community events throughout the school year to continue raising awareness of school bus safety. 
 
miniature robotic bus with eyes that blink
Buster the School Bus, a robotic miniature school bus that drives, talks and flashes its lights was recently employed as an educational aid in a new school bus safety program for PreK-3 through 2nd Grade students in Somerset County this National School Bus Safety Week, October 17-21, 2022. 
 
a man with black pants and maroon shirt standing next to a small robotic school bus
 SCPS Driver-Trainer and Somerset Sheriff’s Corporal, Lemuel White, Jr. explains to a group of PreK-4 students at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School that cars must stop for school buses when the red flashing lights and stop arm engage, but students should also stop and look before entering the street to board the bus.  
 buster the school bus coloring book, crayons and book mark
SCPS PreK-3 through 2nd Grade students received coloring books, crayons, book marks and other materials for completing the Buster the School Bus Safety Program. 
 
group of 4-5 year old students with arms in the air looking at buster the school bus
PreK-4 students at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School play a safety game with Buster the School Buses flashing yellow and red lights.