Jenna Bush Hager emcees event at Boston Public Schools, touts
nationwide adoptions of propane school buses
School buses already make up the largest share of mass transportation in
the U.S. and are the safest mode of transportation to and from school.
This year, however, the yellow bus is getting an upgrade. More than
500,000 students will ride a school bus powered by the alternative fuel
propane this back-to-school season.
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Jenna Bush Hager rides with students to Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in celebration of their adoption of cleaner, safer propane school buses. (Photo: Propane Education & Research Council)
“Diesel has long been the standard in school transportation, but for
districts that want to reduce harmful emissions, save money and create a
safer, healthier ride, propane is an excellent alternative,” said Roy
Willis, Propane Education & Research Council president and CEO.
Recognizing these benefits, schools across 45 states – a total of more
than 7,000 buses – have transitioned to propane. The trend prompted PERC
to start a campaign to teach communities about the benefits of
propane-powered transportation. The Council is partnering with
journalist and former teacher Jenna Bush Hager and the nonprofit Adopt a
Classroom to donate more than $30,000 to teachers at schools adopting
“It’s clear when you talk to school administrators and transportation
departments that they are saving more than just dollars and cents by
going with propane buses,” said Hager. “The switch is improving their
school as a whole and giving them the opportunity to invest in more
teachers or school programs.”
The Propane Education & Research Council’s donation will benefit
teachers at seven schools this fall, including Lilla G. Frederick Pilot
Middle School in Massachusetts; Kyrene Monte Vista in Arizona; Broward
Education Foundation in Florida; Wilkes Elementary in Oregon; Five Star
Education Foundation in Colorado; St. Francis Elementary in Minnesota;
and Friendswood Jr. High in Texas.
Donations began today with an event at Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle
School in Boston. Hager surprised teachers at the school and announced
that they would receive a total of $10,000 from PERC to purchase
supplies for their classrooms. Boston Public Schools is the first
district in the city to switch from diesel to propane buses.
The transition from diesel to propane buses has been reported in 20 of
the top 25 designated market areas, and four of the 10 largest school
districts in the country are using them. Among the health and safety
advantages of propane buses is that they are quieter than diesel and
they reduce exposure to diesel exhaust, which the World Health
Organization classifies as a carcinogen.
“As a former teacher and parent, I know that the school day begins and
ends on the bus,” Hager said. “When we give our kids a safer, healthier
start to the day, it can improve their entire experience in the
classroom and at home, too.”
For more information on propane school buses, including bus safety tips
for parents and kids courtesy of the National Association of Pupil
Transportation, visit BetterOurBuses.com.
To donate to teachers in your local community, visit AdoptAClassroom.org.
Propane Education & Research Council: The Propane
Education & Research Council is a nonprofit organization established,
operated, and funded by the propane industry. PERC drives technology
development to expand adoption of propane as a clean, domestic, and
affordable energy source and leads safety and training efforts among
propane retailers and consumers. PERC programs benefit a variety of
industries including fleet vehicle management, landscaping, residential
and commercial building, agriculture, and material handling. For more
information, visit Propane.com.
Jenna Bush Hager: Jenna Bush Hager is a Contributing
Correspondent for NBC News’ “Today.” She is a two-time New York
Times bestselling author, mother of two, and a former Washington D.C.
elementary school teacher. She serves as the Young Leadership Ambassador
& Chair for UNICEF’s Next Generation committee, which aims to save,
protect and improve the lives of children around the world. In 2011,
Hager was honored as one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year.
AdoptAClassroom.org: AdoptAClassroom.org gives teachers a hand
by providing much needed classroom supplies and materials to help their
students learn and succeed. As an award-winning 501(c)(3), AAC makes it
easy for donors to provide funding and support to K-12 classrooms in
public, private and charter schools throughout the U.S. On
average, teachers spend $600 of their own money each year to equip their
classrooms - 20% of teachers spend more than $1000 annually. Since 1998
AdoptAClassroom.org has raised over $22 million and benefited more than
5 million students throughout the U.S. AAC holds a 4-star rating from
Charity Navigator. For more information, or to adopt a classroom, please
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