School districts across the state celebrated school bus drivers on Feb. 27. Governor Tim Walz proclaimed the day as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in the state of Minnesota. As part of the celebration, a press conference was held in Golden Valley, where two Hopkins Public Schools leaders recognized the importance of bus drivers in Minnesota communities.
“School bus drivers are among the most highly-trained drivers on the road, and they are a crucial part of our education system,” said Hopkins supervisor of transportation Derrick Agate.
In Minnesota, school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school every day. Drivers are the first to greet our students in the morning and the last one they see at the end of the day.
Hopkins Superintendent Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed spoke about the importance of bus drivers at the press conference on Wednesday. Bus drivers are special people to all students and Hopkins is thankful for who they are and the service they provide.
“Driving a school bus is critically important and life preserving,” Mhiripiri-Reed said. “Thank you drivers! On this day, we take our hats off to you.”