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Buster, the talking school bus, speaks with children at Andersen Elementary School here, Oct 7. Buster is part of an education program DoD Education Activity uses to teach children about school bus safety and rules. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)
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Andersen students learn school bus safety

Posted 10/12/2011   Updated 10/12/2011 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon
36th Wing Public Affairs

10/12/2011 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam  -- Andersen Elementary students attended school bus safety training at the Dolphin Theater here Oct. 7.

The training was provided in several sessions for children ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Facilitated by Mark Kelley, student transportation specialist, the training introduced a series of subjects such as safety at the bus stops, behavior on the bus, emergency exits and things to be aware of while riding the bus.

"The students were very easy and very receptive," Mr. Kelley said. "It's important for them to learn to be safe on and off the buses."

School officials also agreed the training is important for these age groups.

"Training like this is important so kids are aware of what to do on and off the bus," said Cherie Wong, Andersen Elementary transportation clerk.

According to Ms. Wong, riding the bus is a privilege and students should know how to ride it safely.

"The children were very responsive and enthusiastic," Mr. Kelley said, "especially when Buster came out."

Buster is a school bus mascot used to make training fun and assist in education the children. The training invited the students to be interactive with the animated bus, engaging them in learning the safety rules.

According to Ms. Wong, overall the students seemed to already be aware of the school bus safety measures, and responded well to the trainings reinforcement.

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