Operators doing their part to help keep those staying at home entertained

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Along side many other operators across the country, First Aberdeen has launched education packs for children to use during the COVID-19 crisis intended to support the home-schooling efforts of parents and teachers during the lockdown period.

First Bus has been among the operators to produce entertaining and educational resources for children stuck at home during the pandemic. FIRST ABERDEEN

The online learning resource is for primary school children and aims to educate kids about the benefits of using public transport. It contains a number of different activities, which include creating a poster about the environmental benefits of using the bus, writing about a favourite bus journey, a word search, a ‘build a bus’ challenge, an acrostic poem and the opportunity to design a bus. The pack can be found online at www.firstaberdeen.com/kidspack

Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of First in Scotland, said: “With much of the UK effectively ordered to stay at home for at least the next few weeks, we wanted to support the thousands of schools, teachers and families who are home-schooling and keeping children entertained during this unprecedented time.

“Just a few weeks ago, it was almost inconceivable that these restrictions would be in place, which only underlines what a challenging, dynamic and rapidly evolving situation the UK faces and one which First Bus is monitoring and responding to day-by-day, hour-by-hour.

Bibby’s of Ingleton have been proactive on social media, with regular quizzes on its Twitter feed. BIBBY’S via TWITTER

“Rest assured everything is being done to keep key workers mobile as the nation comes together to limit the spread of coronavirus. I hope our activity packs will provide another means of helping to keep younger children occupied and is just a small gesture from everyone at First Scotland East to bring some light relief to families during this difficult period.”

Many other companies have been taking to social media with similar initiatives, including Transdev subsidiaries across the north of England, McGills and Lothian. For more grown up audiences, Bibby’s of Ingleton and the Manchester Museum of Transport have been among those posting quizzes via social media, inviting professionals and enthusiasts alike to test their knowledge of the industry, whilst Peoplesbus posted on its Twitter feed a brainteaser featuring names of towns in the North West represented by emojis.

Peoplesbus joined in the fun on social media with a quiz where local town names were represented by emojis. PEOPLESBUS via TWITTER