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SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS ARRIVE IN STATE COLLEGE THIS WEEK FOR 40TH ANNUAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS SAFETY COMPETITION

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS ARRIVE IN STATE COLLEGE THIS WEEK FOR  40TH ANNUAL SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS SAFETY COMPETITION

Harrisburg, PA, June 21, 2016– Over 90 school bus drivers from across Pennsylvania will be converging on State College to compete in the 2016 Pennsylvania School Bus Drivers Safety Competition. The event, being held at the Mount Nittany Middle School in State College on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25.

This is a special year for the safety competition as it marks its 40th anniversary. Drivers compete locally to earn a spot in the state competition. The top four winners then earn an opportunity to compete at the International School Bus Safety Competition being held in Greensboro, North Carolina in July.

Drivers arrive in State College on Friday evening for an orientation which is followed by the written exam portion of the competition. On Saturday morning, the drivers return to the middle school for the skills competition. The drivers are tested in a number of skill areas including physical and verbal bus inspection; height judgement; diminishing clearance; simulated bus stop; railroad crossings; backing up; and curb line parking.

“We are excited to be celebrating the Safety Competition’s 40th Anniversary,” said Dallas Krapf, Chair of the School Bus Safety Competition, “The success we have achieved with this event is due to the support we have received over the past 40 years from school bus contractors, school districts, equipment providers and our other industry partners. The volunteers who give up their time to be here along with the financial support we receive help make this all possible.”

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The Pennsylvania School Bus Association was founded in 1980 and consists of over 350 school bus contractors and industry partners who have come together to be a strong voice for school bus safety and the school bus contracting industry. If you would like more information, please contact Michael Berk, Executive Director at 717-975-1951, ext. 500 or email at mberk@paschoolbus.org.

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