With more than 200 years of combined service to the District, 21 Atlanta Public Schools bus drivers were honored for their exemplary driving record and perfect attendance during the 2017-2018 school year at the inaugural APS Elite Bus Driver Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, July 31.
Held in partnership with Family First Credit Union, the ceremony featured APS Elite honorees and guests, Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, John Franklin, executive director of Transportation, members of the Atlanta Board of Education, district leaders, FFCU President Stephen Smith and staff, and others who helped celebrate the special occasion.
“I am so proud of this elite group of drivers, all of whom were recognized for their superb performance that puts students and schools first,” said Transportation Director John Franklin. “These bus operators are the backbone and lifeblood of the Transportation Department, and they perform their jobs every day with commitment and dedication.”
The awards and incentives transportation program was specifically designed to recognize those unsung heroes on the road who transport 28,000 students safely to and from school each day.
During the ceremony, each driver received a red customized jacket in recognition of their exemplary performance, as well as a special congratulations from Dr. Carstarphen, board members and senior district leaders. In addition to the Presentation of Colors by the Maynard Jackson High School Army JROTC Color Guard, the ceremony also featured entertainment by the Therrell High School Jazz Band.