Len Whitling (second from the right) won first place in the regional Road-E-O, and third place in the team competition with Melissa Hollon, Tara Hollandsworth, and Barb Ramsey. Pictured on the far left is Brandon Anness(Southwest Ohio school bus pre-service instructor).

Loveland, Ohio – Three Loveland City School District bus drivers finished in the top ten among dozens of drivers at the 2019 regional Road-E-O competition on October 5: Mary Toups came in eighth place, Valerie Daugherty in seventh, and Len Whitling in first place. Whitling was also part of a team with Melissa Hollon, Tara Hollandsworth, and Barb Ramsey who placed third in the team event.

“I’m incredibly proud of all my drivers for doing great at the competition, but more importantly, always putting safety first in their work at Loveland,” said District Transportation Supervisor Greg Osie.

The Road-E-O is held annually to test the knowledge and skills of drivers throughout the state.The event was originally started more than 50 years ago as a way to promote the safety, professionalism and recognition of school bus drivers. Whitling moves on to the state competition.

“Although safety is our number one priority every day of the year, National School Bus Safety Week allows extra focus on what all of us can do to keep the 25 million children across the country who ride the yellow school bus every day safe,” said Osie.

For more information about National School Bus SafetyWeek and tips on how to keep children safe at the bus stop, see the National Association for Pupil Transportation website.

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