NRMA's bus safety program returns to Parkes to educate kindy students

BUS SAFETY IS BACK: Here are last year's Parkes East Public School kinder students learning about bus safety during February and had the opportunity to be on a bus. Photo: Barbara Reeves
BUS SAFETY IS BACK: Here are last year's Parkes East Public School kinder students learning about bus safety during February and had the opportunity to be on a bus. Photo: Barbara Reeves

About 180 students from schools across Parkes are participating in bus safety classes once again this month.

The program, coordinated by NRMA Insurance, focuses on making bus safety fun for kindergarten aged children and advises parents on bus and road safety issues.

This includes classroom discussions, presentations and an educational bus ride to practice safety tips.

The program will visit four primary schools in Parkes and the surrounding areas from today, February 10 to February 28.

Lachlan Region NRMA Insurance proprietors Christine Hillis and Sarah Wardman said bus travel can be a daunting experience for school children - especially for the younger ones.

"Bus travel can be a daunting experience for school children, so the program aims to increase their confidence and ensure their trip to and from school is a safe one," Ms Wardman said.

"For most kindergarten students, this is the first time they have been on a bus, so we love being involved in helping them learn about road safety, and it's an invaluable skill that they will have for years to come."

Through the bus safety program children will learn to:

  • Always stand two steps back from the kerb when waiting for the bus;
  • Never push or shove each other or muck around at the bus stop;
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting on or off;
  • Wait for the bus to move away from the kerb before you cross the road;
  • Tell the driver straight away if you miss your stop;
  • Discuss with mum or dad who is a 'safe adult'; and
  • Ask mum or dad to write your home phone number on the inside of your bag.

More information about the bus safety program is available by calling into the Parkes NRMA Insurance office on 6862 2200.

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