Bus drivers bring the season to kids with disabilities

Santa has his sleigh and 8 tiny reindeer. Providence has big yellow busses and 38 devoted drivers to preschool kids with all types of disabilities in Calgary. Eighty percent of Providence’s students take a First Student bus to safely get to their educational and therapeutic programs throughout the city. Without the bussing program, many children with disabilities would not be able to attend Providence, as their parents work or do not have access to a vehicle or public transit.

Sue & Janis drive the wee ones to the Providence Windsor Park School, one of six locations in Calgary. During the holiday season they decorate their busses to bring a celebration every day to the kids on their way to school and on their way home. Santas, snowmen, snowflakes and stockings decorate every window in the bus while colorful lights shine for these children with disabilities that include speech and language delays, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, genetic conditions, deafness, and those who are medically fragile.

“We love our jobs, and we do everything we do for the kids, always for the kids.”