School District and City of San Francisco Representatives Recognize Zum School Bus Drivers with 40-50 Years of Service and Exceptional Community and Safety Impact

SAN FRANCISCO, November 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Zūmstudent technology transportation provider, today announced a successful community event honoring school bus drivers serving the San Francisco School district. The celebration took place on friday november 18 to recognize bus drivers with 40 to 50 years of continuous service with the “Outstanding Community Award”, the recipient of the inaugural “Paul Stein Award” and the “Safety Award”. A total of 11 drivers were recognized at the Thanksgiving community rally, which included more than 200 bus drivers, city officials, school board members, community members and Zum employees.

“It’s the time of year when we give thanks and give thanks,” said Ritu Narayan, CEO of Zum. “Bus drivers are the unsung heroes of our communities. It’s great to be able to take the time to recognize the people who are at the heart of what we do at Zum. It’s a privilege to work with each of our drivers to help get kids to school safely and on time.”

“I am grateful to Zum for recognizing and celebrating the extraordinary and dedicated school bus drivers who have been instrumental in the lives of that of San Francisco children they drive to school every day and the communities in which they serve,” said MP Matt Haney. “It was truly an honor for my office to be with them and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The awards and recipients included:

  • The first “Paul Stein Award” was given to an exemplary driver, Shirley Canyon, who goes above and beyond to get children to school safely every day, just like Paul Stein, a retired bus driver and beloved, has done so for over 50 years.
  • The “Exceptional Community Award” was given to 7 drivers who have dedicated 40 to 50 years of service to San Francisco community:
    • Dale Sutton – 52 years of service
    • Shirley Canyon – 51 years of service
    • Jimai Griffon – 47 years of service
    • Gene Guzman – 44 years of service
    • Norman Gatewood – 42 years of service
    • Hugh Wesley – 42 years of service
    • John Leon-Guerroro – titular mechanic
  • The “Safety Award” was awarded to 4 drivers for their exceptional performance in terms of safety:
    • Jose Sandoval
    • Shirley’s Canyon
    • Melody Ortega
    • Shane Hoff

“It is an honor to serve my community every day,” said Shirley Canyon, recipient of the Paul Stein Award, the Exceptional Community Award for 51 years of service and the Exceptional Safety Award. “I love being a positive person starting the day for the kids I drive to school and getting them home safely at the end of the day. That’s been my life’s purpose for decades, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Zum is transforming school transportation, the largest mass transit system in the United States, totaling $28 billion annually. By combining a proprietary end-to-end cloud-based technology platform with apps for drivers and parents, as well as school dashboards and a sustainable vehicle fleet, Zum optimizes school routes. Zum also tracks the safe arrival and departure of children on time from school, and reduces diesel pollution that impacts our children, our communities and our environment.

More photos of the event can be found here.

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About Zum:

Zūm reinvented student transportation, the nation’s largest public transit system. Our robust operations and end-to-end integrated cloud platform provide a modern student transportation service for school districts, specifically designed around the needs of children and the expectations of their families. Zūm provides a seamless, real-time interface for parents, drivers, schools, districts, administrators, and operators to transport children safely and with increased visibility and personalized care. Always investing in the well-being of communities, Zum is also the only carbon-neutral student transportation provider in the country with plans to go Net Zero with the EV transition. Learn more at www.ridezum.com.

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