Buster The Bus Making Rounds Through Huntington Schools
The Huntington School District’s safety partnership with Huntington Coach Corporation takes many shapes and forms. Buster the Bus is making the rounds now and recently stopped in to visit youngsters at Flower Hill and Washington Primary Schools.
Buster is a robotic, radio controlled miniature school bus designed to teach young students. Huntington Coach’s safety team uses the device to help students understand basic bus safety procedures, including how to wait for the bus to arrive, how to board and disembark and how to move around the vehicle.
“Buster can move, speak, listen, wink and blink and with his smiling mouth, he presented a positive and friendly image to our little ones here at Flower Hill,” Principal Marlon Small said.
Huntington Coach employees are highly trained at presenting safety information to young children and they have a knack for bringing such lessons to life. The district has developed an effective working relationship with the company and both parties share a desire to prevent student accidents and improve overall safety on buses and along local roadways.
During Buster’s recent visits, Flower Hill and Washington kindergarteners learned how to safely exit a bus and cross the street, counting five steps away from the bus toward the sidewalk and then ten steps ahead in front of the bus in order to establish clear vision of the driver and so the driver can see them. The driver is trained to give them a special “thumbs up” signal.
Students were told that stepping too close to the bus and into the ‘danger zone’ could result in the driver not being able to see the youngsters. The presentation ended with Buster singing a song and doing a little dance about bus safety, which naturally won over the audience.
Huntington Coach is the official carrier of the Huntington School District and has invested significant resources in teaching students and drivers how to prevent serious incidents. The company is regarded as a leader in school bus transportation and has won numerous awards.