School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that Minnesota’s seventh annual School Bus Driver Appreciation Day will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

The Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) and the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (MSBOA) teamed up to create School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota to encourage school leaders, parents, and students to celebrate the often-overlooked profession.

This year’s event is coming up fast, which means now is the time to start planning activities and events in your school district! A successful event includes a collective, statewide effort that hinges on your support and participation. We’re relying on you to inform your school district, plan local recognition events and spread the word about 2023 School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Ways to celebrate and show appreciation on Feb. 22 include:

  • Contact your school district’s superintendent or communications office and request that they officially recognize “School Bus Driver Appreciation Day” in your school district or at a school board meeting.
  • Provide food and beverages for bus drivers.
  • Encourage local students to create thank you cards, large signs, artwork or other displays for their bus drivers.
  • Offer small gifts to your drivers (such as thermoses, commemorative hats and buttons, etc.)
  • Invite your local newspapers and radio stations to do a story about an exceptional or charismatic driver in your community, or to attend that morning’s festivities.

Since its beginning in 2017, MAPT and MSBOA have partnered with Goff Public to plan School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. This year, our plans to generate attention statewide include distributing a press release, requesting a Gubernatorial Proclamation and requesting the lighting of the I-35W bridge to be yellow. We also will be sharing positive stories with the media from communities all across the state – if you have any specific stories to highlight, please let us know!

Share your stories!

  • Share your bus driver stories with us; how has a school bus driver you know gone above and beyond in their role over the past year? Impacted the life of a student? Shown their dedication to this profession?
  • Email mapt@theceso.com with your story for consideration to share more broadly.

Our school bus drivers deserve public appreciation and recognition now more than ever as they face another challenging year of staff shortages. We want to demonstrate strong support from educators and drivers across different Minnesota communities. Thank you for participating in this important event to bring much-deserved recognition to our school bus drivers. We can’t do it without you!