OSWEGO, NY – On Sept. 19, the annual salute and celebration for Frederick Leighton bus drivers and crossing guards was held in the school library.
Each year, the FLS Home and School Association in conjunction with the staff provide an opportunity to welcome and thank the drivers and guards while at the same time involve them with educating and assisting student safety.
Not only was their a brief reception, but the drivers and crossing guards were honored at a school wide assembly and then were provided with an opportunity to share their expertise with the individual grade levels.
Kindergarten teacher Mary Lisk serves as the coordinator for this annual event.
She said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAfter the bus drivers and crossing guards were introduced, we presented the ladies with a rose and the men with a small box of candy.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â We then broke into separate classrooms as the teachers and bus drivers facilitated the meetings. This allows the students to review bus rules and at the same time provide an overview of the new PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The PBIS effort is wide spread throughout the school district.
Lisk noted, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe talked about what is expected from the students when they are on the bus. PBIS has four areas and we want to reward students for showing respect, responsibility, being a problem solver and having self control.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
If bus drivers witness the positive behaviors they fill out a small sheet signifying the studentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s effort.
Lisk noted, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe children turn those slips over to the teachers and a point system is kept where the kids can earn rewards for this positive effort.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The bus drivers play a pivotal role in impacting the day of their young passengers.
Lisk said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe bus driver is the first person to greet the students each morning and the last person to see them at night. We value their input and have asked them to join with us in this worthwhile effort.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â