Volunteer bus monitors needed

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Volunteer bus monitors are needed to ensure that young children arrive safely at school. School buses take 5- to 10-year-old children from Clay Kaserne to Hainerberg in the morning and back in the afternoon.

In order to make sure children stay in their seats, have their seat belts fastened, do not throw things or distract the driver, bus monitors are important.

Since the start of the school year, monitors have volunteered almost 400 hours on the buses. Becky and Rick Vanater are active bus monitors “We definitely need more bus monitors in order to ensure safety for children. They need to have an adult with them. They are young kids.”

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Accompanying children on the bus is a great way to contribute to the community, and it is also fun. “For me, there is not really a downside. The best thing is, when a kid asks you ‘will you sit with me?’, and then tells you about how school was or sings with you. You can’t beat that,” Becky Vanater said.

People interested in volunteering can contact Mary Cheney of Army Community Service at mary.k.cheney.civ@mail.mil or (0611)143-548-9201. Volunteers who can just spare one morning per week are as welcome as people with more free time.

Potential bus monitors will have a background check, and a short interview. Parents cannot be on the same bus as their child.


SCHOOL BUS RULES

  • Obey the driver or adult.
  • Board and exit the bus in a safe manner.
  • Stay properly seated.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • Do not throw things.
  • Nothing goes out of the windows.
  • Remain reasonably quiet as to not disturb others or the driver.
  • No profanity, smoking, prohibited items or vandalism.
  • Do not eat, drink or chew gum.
  • Always show bus pass.

Source: DODEA Europe East District
Wiesbaden School Bus Office