The Phoenix

Chester County school bus drivers’ competitio­n set

- By MediaNews Group

All school bus drivers in Chester County are encouraged to participat­e in the 41st Annual Chester County Safety Competitio­n.

The event will be held on May 14 at the Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center campus in Downingtow­n.

At this event, Chester County’s school bus drivers demonstrat­e their knowledge of the rules and regulation­s regarding the operations of the school bus by completing a written test and then executing a series of 12 different driving events to test their skills in maneuverin­g the bus. The drivers spend months studying and practicing for this event, hoping to end the day with bragging rights of being the best school bus driver in Chester County.

State and local police officers, district personnel, employees of the contractor­s represente­d, friends and family will all help to make the day a complete success. Generally, about 125 contestant­s will execute the course, complete the test and wait with great anticipati­on to see how they place. The top seven contestant­s are eligible to move on to the state competitio­n held in State College in June.

The Chester County Safety Competitio­n enhances the skills of our school bus drivers. If you are a resident of Chester County, the yellow school bus probably has impacted your life in some way. You may have a child, niece, nephew or grandchild that rides the bus, or you may just encounter the bus on your way to or from work. It may be peace of mind as you see a child climb the stairs of the bus in the morning or it may be a comfort to know that the school bus driver has continued training and instructio­n in advancing their skills and abilities to help to keep our roadways safe.

 ?? SUBMITTED PHOTO ?? All school bus drivers in Chester County are encouraged to participat­e in the 41st Annual Chester County Safety Competitio­n.
SUBMITTED PHOTO All school bus drivers in Chester County are encouraged to participat­e in the 41st Annual Chester County Safety Competitio­n.

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