OSWEGO, NY – The annual salute and celebration for Frederick Leighton bus drivers and cross guards was held in the Leighton Elementary School library and Powers Gymnasium.
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 there 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, “After the bus drivers and crossing guards were introduced we then broke into separate groups with students 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 PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program.”
The PBIS effort is wide spread throughout the school district.
Lisk noted, “We 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.”
If bus drivers witness the positive behaviors they fill out a small sheet signifying the student’s effort.
Lisk noted, “The children turn those slips over to the teachers and a point system is kept where the kids can earn rewards for this positive effort.”
The bus drivers play a pivotal role in impacting the day of their young passengers.
Lisk said, “The 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.”