2015-11-11 / Features

Vallo Transportation Promotes Anti-Bullying Campaign

Linda DeSabato and her team distributed anti-bullying bookmarks and T-shirts to hundreds of students throughout October. 
Photo Dominick Totino Photography Linda DeSabato and her team distributed anti-bullying bookmarks and T-shirts to hundreds of students throughout October. Photo Dominick Totino Photography Vallo Transportation, an independent school bus company located in Whitestone, raised awareness of student safety both on and off school buses by promoting their No Bullying Zone initiative as October’s National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month culminated. This endeavor underscores how Vallo champions student safety and works with the community and families to help create a positive experience for students. “Bullying in schools continues to be a serious issue and has damaged, often irreparably, the lives of so many children and their families. Awareness and education are critical tools in addressing the issue,” said Councilman Paul Vallone. “I applaud Vallo Transportation for taking the initiative to combat bullying and fostering an atmosphere of respect among students.”

Over 500 anti-bullying bookmarks and Tshirts were distributed to students who took the pledge to respect each other, refrain from bullying behavior, and speak up to help a classmate if he or she is being bullied.

Vallo ensures parents are included in their communication plans and provides them with anti-bullying information and resources that outline how to recognize the warning signs and the effects of bullying, and where to go for help.

A major component of this initiative is employee training. Since 2013, Vallo added an extensive learning module to its annual employee training that outlines how to recognize bullying behavior, how to properly intervene, and how to create a supportive school bus climate.

“Our reputation is built on safety, and I’m proud that our commitment to safety includes declaring our buses to be a bullyfree zone. Through this educational initiative, we are able to reinforce this important message and provide valuable information to the hundreds of families who contact us each year for private bus service. It’s our pleasure to take this extra step to ensure we are creating a supportive bus climate for all students,” stated Linda DeSabato, President, Vallo Transportation Ltd.

More information about Vallo Transportation’s anti-bullying initiative and resources can be found on their website at www.ValloTransportation.com.

Vallo Transportation provides school-bus service for hundreds of children in Queens and Manhattan. The company, which specializes in service to the Bronx High School of Science, also provides charter service for field trips, community groups, high school sports and special events. Vallo has an outstanding safety record, on-time performance of nearly 98 percent, superior maintenance and training programs and history of community involvement. This outstanding reputation earned Vallo the New York State Bus Contractors Association’s Contractor of the Year Award in 2010. Vallo traces its origins back more than 50 years to the hard work and dedication of Eddie and Tony Vallone, the founders of Parkway Bus Service, which provided transportation services to New York City school children. Parkway merged with two other companies, Columbia Bus Service and Syken Coach Services, to form Pioneer Bus Corporation in 1954. Pioneer grew to provide commuter bus services, in addition to its core school bus service. By the 1970s, Pioneer was one of the largest privately held bus companies in New York. Ed Vallone’s children and grandchildren continue the tradition of excellence by serving a new generation of passengers. More information about Vallo Transportation Ltd. and its services is available at www.vallotransportation.com or by calling 718-961-7600.

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