You Can Help Honor School Bus Drivers!
Campaign to get commemorative postage stamp under way…
Driving a school bus takes hard work and sacrifice. Aside from ensuring the safety of students, bus drivers must deal with noise, repetitive stress injuries, impatient motorists and — often — disrespectful students. No bus driver ever sacrificed more than Joyce Gregory, a Tennessee driver and mother who was shot to death by a student in 2005.
NYSUT School-Related Professionals, and others, are working to honor Gregory and the hard work of her colleagues nationwide through a U.S. postage stamp honoring school bus drivers.
Gregory, who was also a former teaching assistant, was driving her route 50 miles north of Nashville in March 2005 when she opened her doors for a 14-year-old student who pulled out a handgun and shot her.
Gregory had been having problems with students dipping snuff on her bus, and after several warnings she reported the students to the administration. Her assailant was one of those students.
Gregory’s death made national news. The Tennessee Association of Pupil Transportation launched a letter-writing campaign to get a stamp made commemorating the hard work of school bus drivers.
The Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, which recommends which stamps should be printed, is often targeted by letter-writing campaigns.
Postage stamps have been printed to honor teachers, students and even parent-teacher organizations, but never bus drivers.
If everyone would take the time to send a letter, we really can make a difference.”
To learn more, visit Busdriver Stamp.
Here is a letter you can print and send in order to help the cause.
Send the letter to…
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
United States Postal Service
1735 North Lynn Street, Room 5013
Arlington VA 22209-6432
Just pick one of these options:
Mail in this letter …
(opens in Microsoft Word)
This is fast and easy!!
Write your own letter from scratch.
Write a postcard.
Mail in a petition.
Draw a picture.
Send a photograph.
Write a story.
Basically anything you want to mail is fine!
If you would like to read the tragic story of Joyce Gregory, simply click her name.