Orbit Customer Spotlight: Doug Walters
Our customer spotlight this month is Doug Walters. Doug is the coordinator of student transportation at the Southern York County School District. Southern York has been a BusBoss customer for over 14 years and Doug has been with the district since 2008. In 2010, he became the coordinator of student transportation where his everyday activities include working with BusBoss to help transport over 3,000 students to and from school. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials statewide transportation committee and teaches their Elements of Transportation course throughout the state.
In his free time Doug enjoys watching and playing sports, running, reading, Netflix binging, learning new things and above all he is a proud father!
Please view his video to learn more about how BusBoss has helped Doug and Southern York coordinate and optimize transportation for their students.
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Transportation chief turns attention to student pedestrian safety
School Transportation News
You might not expect to hear teen slang like "YOLO" roll off the tongues of many state directors of pupil transportation, yet the term took on a whole new meaning on the final day of the NASDPTS Conference. Todd Watkins, transportation director at Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, discussed his district's unique safety awareness program, "YOLO: You Only Live Once."
14 signs and symptoms of 'bleeding yellow'
School Bus Fleet
You don't have to be in the school bus industry long before you'll hear the term "bleed yellow." Examples:
"Patti has a passion for pupil transportation. She bleeds yellow." Or, "I used to bleed red before I starting working with school buses, but now I bleed yellow."
To anyone who isn't familiar with our industry, hearing about someone bleeding yellow may be cause for alarm. But for those in the know, the term is like a declaration of one's commitment to the school transportation cause.
Illinois officer pulls over bus to deliver son's lunch
Illinois' Lake County Sheriff's Office is investigating a complaint that one of its formerly top-ranking officers pulled over a school bus while on its route in Johnsburg — outside his jurisdiction — to deliver lunch to his son onboard, according to authorities and a police report.
Bacon and ricotta-stuffed mushrooms
Not everything on your table this Thanksgiving table has to be a casserole. Switch things up this year with this tasty, inventive use of roasted mushrooms stuffed with creamy ricotta cheese sides and crumbled bacon. Who knows? Maybe it'll become a yearly tradition for your family's Thanksgiving Day lineup. Because you know what they say, "Thanksgiving sides come and go, but the ones made with bacon stay on the menu."
Question: When was the first Thanksgiving?
Answer: The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621, and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days.
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10 facts about turkeys
1. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 mph. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
2. Turkeys were one of the first animals in the Americas to be domesticated.
3. Turkeys are first documented over 2,000 years ago in Central America and Mexico.
4. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.
5. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not, they make a clicking noise.
6. It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
7. Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
8. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
9. Gobbling turkeys can be heard a mile away on a quiet day.
10. Turkeys can see in color but do not see well at night.
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