Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, joined by Capital School District Superintendent Dan Shelton, will thank bus drivers and bus aides at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at William Henry Middle School, 65 Carver Road, Dover, as part of the state’s celebration of the 11th annual national Love the Bus program this month.

Gov. John Carney issued a proclamation recognizing school bus drivers and aides for their contributions to safe school transportation.

The Love the Bus program, founded in 2007 and coordinated by the American School Bus Council, is celebrated on Valentine’s Day and throughout February in school communities nationwide as a way to raise awareness and appreciation for the school bus drivers who safely transport more than 25 million school children to and from school each day. It is also an opportunity for families and children to learn more about the safety and environmental benefits of school bus transportation.

Delawareans are encouraged to share their love online with the hashtag #DElovesthebus.