“Bus drivers are the first school employees our children see each day, and the last at the end of the day. Many children spend hours every week on the bus and the quality of that experience makes a big difference in their lives”, says Pam Montgomery, President of the PEI Home and School Federation.
Marlene Beaton is an outstanding driver with a passion for her job, transporting children to and from school each day in a caring and professional manner. She takes time each year to visit the homes of children entering kindergarten the week before school starts to ease the anxiety of the new students and their parents.
“She is a phenomenal bus driver who is patient, flexible and understanding and respected by staff, her peers and the students and whose love for her work is never ending”, noted staff of Glen Stewart Primary School.
Her attention and commitment to safety is evident to all who know her. She establishes and enforces the rules for riding the bus with fairness and respect for each child. Her cheery “Good Morning” greets the children as they board the bus and the children are proud that she knows each of them by name.
“We feel we are so very fortunate to have such a caring, responsible bus driver. Marlene ensures our children arrive safely to school each day. Knowing that familiar face will be there to greet our children each morning is a wonderful feeling”, says Patricia Callaghan, co-president of the Glen Stewart Primary Home and School association.
The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to recognize Marlene Beaton as a 2013 School Bus Driver of the Year in English Language School Board.
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For more information, contact:
Shirley S. Jay, Executive Director