Hey, party people! It’s almost the end of the school year! Is everyone pumped for summer?? Last week, Marya shared some teacher-approved end-of-year gift ideas. Today, we’re SO excited to have Marja Fledderus guest post for us and share some bus driver-approved end-of-year gift ideas!
In spite of the fact that Bus Drivers take our children’s lives into their hands daily, they often get left out of the appreciation gift loop. We wanted to take a little look at what it’s like to be that bus driver and encourage you not to leave them out this year. Let’s give a warm welcome to Marja!
One of the things I learned as a parent watching my kids get on the school bus was that it brings your heart into your throat every time. Not just the good-byes, but the-what ifs. What if there’s an accident?
What if my kid is bullied on the bus? What if the bus driver doesn’t notice?
And that is the big question. Does the bus driver notice? Can the bus driver concentrate on driving a giant vehicle through narrow city streets while at the same time care for up to 70 children? Is that even possible?
Well, one of the things I learned as a school bus driver was to watch. Watch everything. Check your mirrors every twenty seconds. Watch that kid in the back, especially if everyone else back there is also watching him. Watch for shyness, watch for happiness, and watch for kids who are going green. Watch for other drivers who are distracted, and somehow have not seen the giant yellow vehicle with flashing lights.
Watch, and respond. Draw out the shy ones, laugh with the happy ones, grab a bucket for the green ones. Brake cautiously. Wait until everyone is at a full stop. And lay on your horn if necessary.
Precious cargo requires careful watching.
As a mom, I know how much I appreciate the bus driver! As a bus driver, I have enjoyed many expressions of appreciation. My favorites have been the thoughtful words, expressed throughout the year—especially in winter when the roads are dangerous and the bus needs to be scraped off and warmed up long before the 7am start time.
However, at the end of the year, if you want to send a little thank you to your bus drivers, here are a few ideas from my collection of favorites:
• Handmade cards. Always the best.
• Homemade preserves or baking. Yum!
• Bobble heads and/or dancing figures to stick on the dash of the bus. Deeply entertaining.
• Key chain gadgets. I never lost my keys again after a couple of good gadgets were added to the keychain.
• A cosy, gigantic beach towel. I don’t know why that one stands out, but it really does.
• The classic gift card. I know you think it’s impersonal, but it really isn’t. Kids who know you, know there is usually a coffee in the cup holder. Therefore, there should be gift cards to get that coffee.
• And, of course, chocolate. A no fail.
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