Bus Driver Appreciation Day Gift & Treat Ideas

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Bus Driver Appreciation Day Gift & Treat Ideas
Your hard-working bus driver deserves recognition. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Whether they safely take children to and from school each day or navigate the busy city streets working for a public transit system, bus drivers play an important role in the lives of many people. If you or your child is a regular patron of a bus transit system, show the driver that you are thankful for his service by giving him a gift or treat on International Bus Driver Appreciation Day. This little-known holiday falls yearly on March 18.

Special Luncheon

Plan a special lunch for the school bus drivers in your community. This option is easier to execute in a smaller district or for drivers at one school. Gather a group of volunteer parents whose children ride the bus to assist with planning. Be sure to pass out invitations to all the drivers at least a week in advance and obtain any necessary permission from the bus company's supervisors. Collect donations from parents to have a catered event or hold a potluck where parents each contribute a dish. During the lunch, honour the drivers with plaques or certificates of recognition.

Item of Interest

If you take a public bus day after day and the driver has a regular route, perhaps you have struck up a friendship with him. Use the conversations you have had with him to determine his likes or interests and purchase a gift that relates to them. If he has mentioned loving a certain band that is playing in the area, buy him some tickets. If he loves to eat at a restaurant you drive by daily, purchase a restaurant gift token for him. Talk to other riders who are often on your route and get a fund together so you may purchase a more expensive gift to show your joint appreciation.

Homemade Gift

School bus drivers may have a special affinity for the young children they transport each day. If your child especially enjoys her bus driver, encourage her to make a homemade gift in honour of International Bus Driver Appreciation Day. The gift could be a special dessert she likes to bake or a craft or piece of art she created. A handmade gift from a child is likely to have special significance to the bus driver.

Useful Gift or Treat

Bus drivers spend countless hours on the road, often without much time for a break. Give the driver a gift that is useful during this time. Insulated travel thermoses keep drinks or soups hot for hours at a time. Edible gifts like trail mix or dried fruits provide a healthy treat that is easy to eat while on the road. If the driver has access to a cigarette lighter, purchase a gift that is powered by one, such as a miniature fan for a non-air conditioned bus.

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