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All Aboard! Young Students Learn About Bus Safety

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - The children smiled and giggled loudly as Winnie the Pooh and friends sang: "Safety here's a must... whenever you ride the bus!"

Watching an educational video as part of Safety Month, the young students at the Woodlands Early Childcare Program learned the rules and regulations of using the bus. Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl and Eeyore taught the children how close to stand to the bus, how to cross the street, how to board and get off and how to stay as safe as possible while in its presence.

The students buddied up and headed outdoors to review the proper ways to act while being a bus passenger.

"The most important thing is what you're doing right now," Marion Flaherty of the Montauk Bus Company told a group of students sitting on the big brown benches of the yellow bus. "You're sitting and listening. If you have any kind of problem, who would you go to? The bus driver."

The Early Childcare Program is required to teach the children about bus safety. The goal is to teach the children how important it is for three, four and five-year-olds to take precautions so that they, or anyone around them, do not get injured.

"This is important because the kids are on and off the buses all the time," said Debbie Diones, a case worker at the Early Childcare Program.

The students brainstormed about other vehicles that required safety measures, including cars, trucks, boats, planes and bikes.

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