I had a wonderful time doing a keynote and two breakout sessions for the California Association of School Transportation Officials today in Sacramento.
The attendees were incredibly kind and interacted constantly during the keynote. They had to turn people away from both of my breakout sessions that followed and they were kind enough to give me a second standing ovation at the end of the last breakout session. I had the chance to visit one-on-one with a number of the attendees during breaks throughout the day and to a person they were highly committed professionals who are clearly focused on doing what they can to improve school bus safety, security and emergency preparedness.
I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to keynote many state and national pupil transportation conferences over the past twenty years and have always been deeply impressed with the caliber of people who step up to the plate to take on the challenges of getting our kids to and from school each day safely. School bus drivers are often among the most poorly paid and least recognized employees in the K-12 educational system but are often also among the most dedicated. They have worked hard to make and keep the school bus the safest way for our students to get to and from school each day.
It was truly an honor and a privilege for me to be allowed to be in the presence of so many awesome advocates for the children today.