Pupils from Lynnfield Primary School in Hartlepool are buzzing after receiving a donation of 100 books about bees from local bus operator Stagecoach North East.
As part of the bus company’s Environment and Community Week, which celebrated local communities and helps promote protecting the environment, bus driver Keith Bagguley from Stagecoach North East’s Hartlepool depot visited the school to hand over the books.
The children’s book - Stagecoach Saves the Buzzy Bees - has been published by Stagecoach Group, with cartoon characters based on the well-known Stagecoach transport vehicles.
The book tells the tale of a swarm of bees that have lost their way and have found themselves on board a tram. The day is saved when they are delivered to a field where local children are sowing wildflowers. The story shares the important message that bees are not to be feared and are vital in keeping our crops and plants alive.
Mrs Preston, Lower Phase Team Leader, Lynnfield Primary School, said: “The children were so pleased our school was chosen to receive the free books which have been added to the new school library and shared around the school so all of the children can enjoy them. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed Keith sharing the story and would like to say a huge thank you to Stagecoach.”
To help spread the word of the importance of bees and bugs to a wider audience, Stagecoach Group has also developed a video to help teach viewers how to build a bug hotel, available here: https://youtu.be/47c_E0EdBAk
The week also marked the end of a month long Getting There Together initiative across Stagecoach companies within the UK which has also focused on customer service, safety, wellbeing and inclusion.
Bus driver Keith was recently highlighted as an example of excellent customer service, when he featured in a video for a local radio station driving his bus around Hartlepool. The video, which has had over 6,000 views on Twitter and almost 180,000 views on Facebook, shows Keith engaging in bus banter with the passengers who love his friendly approach available here https://www.facebook.com/bbctees/videos/862593607464559/.
Stagecoach North East Managing Director Steve Walker said: “We understand that our services are important to local communities. Whether we’re taking people to work, taking them shopping or to visit their families we play an important part in our passenger’s lives. This is why we want to give something back and hope that by donating these books we can have a positive impact and encourage the younger generation to protect and enjoy the environment and wildlife around them.”