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#LoveTheBus Month – Student Rider of the Month

As part of February’s #LoveTheBus month, we will be highlighting bus drivers, student riders of the month, and other topics spotlighting Mapleton’s unique Transportation Department!

To kick off #LoveTheBus month, we’d like to present our first ‘Student Rider of the Month!’

We are proud to announce Jesus “Alex” R. as Transportation’s first Student Rider of the Month! Alex was chosen as the Student Rider of the Month because of the joy he brings to the bus drivers, paras and other students.

Jesus “Alex” R. is a junior at Big Picture College and Career Academy and has been a Mapleton student since 2007. Alex does not allow his disability to keep him from his ambitions and goals. He currently has an internship in Mapleton’s IT Department and is pursuing a career in technology. Alex’s sense of humor is contagious. He has touched many lives and has captured our hearts over the years. He has truly left his mark with Mapleton.

Lisa Peterson has been Alex’s trainer and therapist since he was in kindergarten. Part of his therapy is to use a communication device to support his speech. Lisa says Alex is very sharp and cooperative, and always willing to assist others.

Jennifer R, Transportation para, stated, “even when Alex is having a hard day and is not feeling well, he always has a smile on his face and that makes us smile.” Robert M., Transportation trainer, said, “I have never seen Alex in a bad mood, and when we would meet in the morning, he had the biggest smile on his face and made my day a whole lot better. He is one of the greatest students I have had the pleasure of transporting.”

One of Alex’s hobbies is listening to music. He loves to sing and requests that the bus driver, para and other students sing along. Alex enjoys riding the bus and looks forward to visiting and sharing jokes with Carlos, Transportation bus driver and Jennifer, the para.