Transportation safety a must in schools

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last week, we reported on a coloring contest held at Poplarville’s Lower and Upper Elementary schools.
The contest coincided with National School Bus Safety Week.
In the past few months, there have been numerous stories in the media about accidents involving school buses.
While it’s important for motorists and bus drivers to obey the rules, it’s also equally important children learn to behave properly while riding the school bus.
They must learn the importance of staying seated and quiet during the ride so as not to distract the driver from his or her task.
The contest was a fun way for students to compete in a friendly competition and also learn the proper way to ride a bus, stand at the bus stop and how to follow the directions of the bus driver.
It’s a busy world on the highways and streets of Pearl River County and the safety of our children should be a No.1 priority.
All motorists should be on alert when they see a school bus coming toward them. Be sure to watch for stop signs and stop when the warning lights flash. This will ensure the safety of the children getting on and off the school bus.
We thank Poplarville School District’s Transportation Director Ed Sternod and all transportation directors throughout this county for their tireless efforts to ensure the safety of the county’s smallest citizens.
They are the future, and ensuring their safety to and from the halls of learning will certainly pay off, as they become the leaders of tomorrow.

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