September 14, 2017
Dr. Pam Wells (right), Region 4 ESC executive director and a namesake for Wells Elementary School, poses with student Brett Keyser before boarding a bus on the first day of school at Wells as part of the Bus Buddies program.
Sept. 14, 2017—In serving the new bus riders and drivers in CFISD, 468 community volunteers – roughly 70 more than last year – assisted in the 11th annual CFISD Bus Buddies program during the first week of school. Many of the 468 volunteers served as a Bus Buddy for more than one day.
Bus Buddies rode CFISD school buses from 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the first two days, Sept. 11-12, to ensure young students were safely transported to their proper drop-off points and locations.
Board of Trustees member Don Ryan (second from left) joins other Bus Buddies in front of Adam Elementary School before boarding their assigned buses on the first day of school. Nearly 470 volunteers ensured that the 2017-2018 program run smoothly.
“I cannot put a price on having an additional 468 adults helping to ensure the safety of our youngest students,” said Bill Powell, CFISD’s director of transportation. “The support we receive from the Bus Buddies program continues to grow and we could not be more pleased. Transporting 80,000 students every morning and afternoon takes a collaborative approach and we could not do it without our parents, community and volunteers. Thank you to all those who gave their time to ensure our kids got to their correct location the first two days of school.”
Rosario Meehan, coordinator of Spanish public relations, welcomes Danish Elementary School students onto their bus on the first day of school as part of the Bus Buddies program.
Also increasing from a year ago were the 121 businesses and organizations that participated in the program, an increase of more than 30 from 2016. The following partners came together to make the program successful once again:
The Bus Buddies program is an annual partnership between the CFISD transportation and community engagement departments and the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.
Board of Trustees member Debbie Blackshear (left) talks with student De’Mariyon Horn before boarding a bus at Danish Elementary School on the second day of school as part of the Bus Buddies program. Many of the 468 volunteers served as Bus Buddies on both days.
Board of Trustees President Darcy Mingoia poses in front of a school bus at Hancock Elementary School before serving as a Bus Buddy where she joined nearly 470 volunteers in ensuring students were safely transported to their proper drop-off points during the first two days of school.
Jim Wells (right), a namesake for Wells Elementary School, talks with student Brody Boston on first day of school at Wells as part of the Bus Buddies program. Wells joined nearly 470 volunteers in serving as Bus Buddies.
Sara Williams (center) of Group 1 Automotive welcomes students from Hamilton Elementary School to their bus on the second day of school as part of the Bus Buddies program. Williams, like many of the nearly 470 volunteers, served a Bus Buddy for both days of the program.
Bus Buddies pose in front of a school bus at Bang Elementary School on the first day of school. Nearly 470 volunteers served as Bus Buddies to ensure students were safely transported to their proper drop-off points during the first two days of school.
“Thanks to the support of the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce and our entire business community for volunteering to assist our bus drivers on the first and second days of schools,” said Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations. “The record number of Bus Buddies this year, even with the start of school being rescheduled, is a true testimonial to CFISD spirit.”