Kids learn bus safety
By KIREN THANDI
THERE'S a catchy song out that kindy kids sing, about the wheels of a bus going round and round, but they're learning about more than the wheels of a bus in the coming weeks.
A joint venture by NRMA, Busways and the police has young children learning about bus safety in their classes, with a ride in a bus being part of the program.
The initiative was rolled out following an incident in Muswellbrook, when the daughter of an NRMA staffer got off at the wrong bus stop, causing much upset.
Now in its second year, the bus safety program will educate 750 children in the Coffs Harbour area this year, with Naranga Primary School being first off the mark.
"We try to make the daunting experience of bus travel easier," said Diana Hancock of the NRMA.
"We give them simple messages to keep them safe."
Kids learned about bus safety from their teachers, the NRMA, Busways bus driver William Lagettie and Constable Sue Kady from the Coffs Harbour police, who also educated them about stranger danger.
Parents will be relieved to know that when children were asked questions about bus travel and safety, they answered most correctly.
As well as learning about bus safety, children took part in a colouring competition, and received their free bus passes, which all children from kindergarten to second grade receive.