2016-08-10 / Features

Vallo Transportation Encourages Summer Reading


Gathered among children in the outdoor garden at Whitestone Community Library for Vallo Transportation’s Summer Read Aloud Program are (l. to r.); Marie Rivera, Samantha Neff, Joe Totora, and Ralph Potter from Vallo Transportation; Sherri Hampton-Jones, Sr. Donor Relations Manager of Queens Library Foundation; Linda DeSabato, President of Vallo Transportation; Nonyem Iloabachie, Branch Manager of Whitestone Community Library; and Basdeo Pillai from Vallo Transportation. 
Photo Jared Mintz Gathered among children in the outdoor garden at Whitestone Community Library for Vallo Transportation’s Summer Read Aloud Program are (l. to r.); Marie Rivera, Samantha Neff, Joe Totora, and Ralph Potter from Vallo Transportation; Sherri Hampton-Jones, Sr. Donor Relations Manager of Queens Library Foundation; Linda DeSabato, President of Vallo Transportation; Nonyem Iloabachie, Branch Manager of Whitestone Community Library; and Basdeo Pillai from Vallo Transportation. Photo Jared Mintz This year marks the fifth annual Summer Read Aloud and Crafts Program sponsored by Vallo Transportation, an independent school bus transportation company located in Queens. The community was invited to attend this free special event held at Queens Library’s Whitestone Community Library.

The afternoon consisted of a special storytime reading of “Wheels on the Bus,” a school bus-themed arts & crafts activity and refreshments. An enthusiastic group of preschoolers and their parents participated in the festivities, enjoyed interacting with neighbors and Vallo Transportation employee volunteers.

In addition, Vallo Transportation provided Queens Library with a grant to underwrite the acquisition of new children’s books for the branch.

“We’re delighted to celebrate our fifth year sponsoring this literacy initiative with our partner, Queens Library. This program has given us the opportunity to connect with many families throughout the community over the years and provide them with access to a growing collection of new and exciting children’s books found at Whitestone Community Library,” stated Linda DeSabato, President of Vallo Transportation.

“Thank you to Linda DeSabato and Vallo Transportation for their generosity and support of Whitestone Community Library. We greatly appreciate local partners like Vallo Transportation, an organization with deep ties to the community and a proven commitment to serving the city’s children,” said Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO of Queens Library.

As a local school bus transportation company, Vallo Transportation works with children throughout the school year and over the summer. They demonstrate their commitment to supporting educational initiatives through their ongoing partnerships with Queens non-profit groups such as Queens Library.

“For this partnership, our collective goal is to keep young readers motivated to continue their love of reading and to open the door to learning more about the vast programs and resources available at your local Queens Library. It also gives us an opportunity to reinforce the importance of school bus safety and our overall commitment to enriching the community,” added Ms. DeSabato.

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 a 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.

Vallo Transportation specializes in transportation to Bronx High School of Science. To learn more about school bus service for students, or for charter services, contact Vallo Transportation at 718-961-7600, Info@ValloTransportation.com or www.ValloTransportation.com.

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