By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Rotary Club of Gwinnett says thank you to GCPS bus drivers

The Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) professionals who make sure Gwinnett children travel safely to and from school every day will receive a token of appreciation as they get ready for another school year. The Rotary Club of Gwinnett will visit the school district’s bus managers and monitors and say “thank you” to the staff members for the work they do transporting  students every day. In expressing their gratitude, the organization is sponsoring lunch for the more than 1,800 staff members.

“These incredible individuals carry our most precious cargo daily. They are the first to greet our children in the morning and the last to get them home safely after a full day at school,” says Chuck Warbington, President of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett. “They do this with the utmost concern for safety and with little fanfare. The bus drivers are one of the critical components to the fabric of what makes Gwinnett a great place to live and work.”

“I am thrilled by the Rotary Club’s recognition of the effort and commitment our bus managers and monitors make to the children of Gwinnett County,” says Grant Reppert, the school district’s director of transportation, in appreciation of the Rotary Club’s recognition. “This is a fine gesture to recognize a very valuable group of GCPS employees. Every day our bus managers and monitors are focused on student safety while transporting students. They are trained and trusted to make the safe decision on the spot and in the moment. Our accident rate - less than a third of the last reported state average - testifies to their commitment to keeping our children safe. They honestly make a difference in the life of a child every day.”

In addition to sponsoring the luncheon for the transportation employees, the Rotary Club of Gwinnett also will present several bus managers and monitors with $100 gift certificates showing their appreciation. The Rotary Club of Gwinnett’s recognition program is a partnership with the Mosaic Rotary Club, the Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary Club, and the Sunrise Rotary Club.

GCPS employs 1,625 bus managers and 175 bus monitors. They operate 1,900 school buses driving 130,000 miles each day.