BRISTOL - When school starts again, the Safety Dog Bus Tour will be coming to town.
First Student Co.’s third annual Safety Dog tour is intended to kick off the back-to-school season by spotlighting safe school bus behavior. First Student, which provides bus service to the Bristol school district, is the largest school bus transportation company in the nation.
Bristol is one of only eight stops scheduled in the country this year, said Greg Boulanger, district director of student transportation.
The tour is scheduled to be at Ivy Drive and Mountain View elementary schools on Thursday, Sept. 14.
“Student safety is at the heart of everything we do,” said Dennis Maple, First Student president. “For the third year in a row, the Safety Dog Bus Tour provides an engaging platform to share valuable safety messages with thousands of students and their parents within the communities we serve. By making it fun, safety messages are delivered in a memorable way.”
Students can explore a First Student bus; “Walk the Yellow Carpet” and pose for a photo with Safety Dog, the First Student mascot; sign a safety pledge; and leave with a goody bag. Parents have an opportunity to see firsthand how First Student buses are designed for safety inside and out, according to a First Student press release.
This year’s tour will also stop in Minnesota, Ohio, Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Ontario, Canada.
Tour dates, times, locations, safety tips, and downloadable activities for students and parents are available at safetydogbustour.com, and by following First Student on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.