State competition follows National School Bus Safety Week, October 21-25

Contributed by Loveland Schools

Len Whitling won first place as one of three Loveland City School District school bus drivers to finish in the top ten among dozens of drivers at the 2019 regional Road-E-O competition on October 5: Mary Toups came in eighth place, and Valerie Daugherty earned seventh. Whitling also teamed with Melissa Hollon, Tara Hollandsworth, and Barb Ramsey for third place honors in the team event.

“I’m incredibly proud of all my drivers for doing great at the competition, but more importantly, always putting safety first in their work at Loveland,” said District Transportation Supervisor Greg Osie.

The Road-E-O is held annually to test the knowledge and skills of drivers throughout the state. The event was originally started more than 50 years ago as a way to promote the safety, professionalism and recognition of school bus drivers. Whitling will represent Loveland at the state competition, which will be held on Saturday, October 26 – the day after the conclusion of the 2019 National School Bus Safety Week.

“Although safety is our number one priority every day of the year, National School Bus Safety Week allows extra focus on what all of us can do to keep the 25 million children across the country who ride the yellow school bus every day safe,” said Osie.

For more information about National School Bus Safety Week and tips on how to keep children safe at the bus stop, see the National Association for Pupil Transportation website.

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Photo caption: Len Whitling (second from the right) won first place in the regional Road-E-O, and third place in the team competition with Melissa Hollon, Tara Hollandsworth, and Barb Ramsey. Pictured on the far left is Brandon Anness (Southwest Ohio school bus pre-service instructor).