Preschool and Elementary Student Program
Developed in consultation with education professionals, PRTC’s Safe
Bus Adventure Program teaches children about bus safety rules and the benefits
of using transit. The program focuses on OmniLink – the local bus
that serves Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas
Educators and psychologists have found that many behaviors and patterns
are set for life during childhood. The simple phrase uttered by Smokey
the Bear, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires,” is a prime example
of a campaign to educate children about responsible behavior.
PRTC uses the same philosophy to educate children about the benefits of
using public transportation and how to stay safe on the bus. The campaign
has several components:
- “Ricky’s Big Birthday Bus Adventure” – an
original, colorfully-illustrated story featuring a 9-year-old boy
who makes his first solo trip on OmniLink. After studying the bus
safety rules with his mother, Ricky puts them to practice as he
travels to the park to meet his grandmother for a birthday picnic.
- A board game that reinforces the book’s safety
messages. Class size isn’t a problem when playing the “Ricky’s
Big Birthday Bus Adventure Game,” where students work in teams
to help Ricky reach his birthday picnic in the park.
- Touring an OmniLink bus brings elements of the story to life as children climb aboard and speak with a real bus operator.
- A coloring and activity book and other goodies that encourage children to recall the safety messages long after the program is over.
PRTC’s goal – to help children develop a positive attitude
towards public transportation benefits the entire community. The Safe Bus
Adventure Program is an engaging compilation of materials that can help
children stay safe today and foster a sense of civic-mindedness for the
Since the program was launched in 2004, approximately 4,000 children have had fun hearing about Ricky's adventure and learning how to stay safe when using public transportation.
Free group presentations are available for children in preschool to approximately 2nd grade. If you want to reserve a presentation date for a group of students, summer camp participants or other youth groups - or if you just want to learn more about this exciting program - send an email to Youth@OmniRide.com or call 703-583-7782.