Michigan District Awards School Bus Drivers with Safe Driving Awards


Portage Public Schools outside of Kalamazoo, Mich., honored 52 district bus drivers for a combined 397 years of safe driving.

Bus driver Nancy Burson, left, receives her Safe Driver Award from Transportation Manager Louk Markham. Burson was recognized for 25 years of preventable accident free driving with Portage Public Schools. Burson was one of 52 drivers to be honored.

The Feb. 14 event marked the fifth-consecutive year of the Safe Driver Awards Program in Portage, and it was held in conjunction with the American School Bus Council’s “Love the Bus.” The bus drivers received a certificate of recognition for a preventable, accident-free driving record. Those with multiple years of safe driving were given a lapel pin indicating the milestone.

“Driving a school bus is a special skill that is not for everyone,” said PPS transportation manager Louk Markham. “Portage’s professional school bus drivers are conscientious, safe, and truly love their job and what they do every day.”

The Safe Driver Awards Program is open to Portage employees who have a daily driving assignment involving driving a school bus for official district business, and who have not had their driving privileges revoked or suspended.