Driving for Books Inspired by Jermaine

Jun 06, 2017

Driving for Books Inspired by Jermaine
First Transit's driver for Valley Metro, Jermaine, delivered thousands of books to three schools in Tempe, Arizona.

The “Driving for Books” initiative was the brainchild of Operator Jermaine Bethea from our Tempe, Arizona, location who started the program four-years ago with help from fellow co-workers.

Since that time he has transitioned from a school bus driver to transit operator, but continues to keep the program going.

Over the past four-years, more than 4,000 books have been donated by co-workers from First Transit and Valley Metro.

“The students are just ecstatic when receiving a gift as simple as a book,” said Operator Jermaine. “It’s rewarding for me to know that you can create a spark in a child that can stay with them for the rest of their life. It’s an inspiration to all of us who gave toward this book drive.”

Besides the more than 600 books delivered to children at Curry Elementary School, an additional 1,500 books were delivered to the libraries at Hudson Elementary and Gililland Middle School – three schools that make up the Tempe Elementary School District.

Valley Metro contracts with First Transit to provide bus operations on fixed routes that travel in the East Valley (Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe) and south Phoenix areas, as well as maintenance.

Thank you, Jermaine, for living out our values of being Committed to our Customers. Your book drive gives children the opportunity to broaden their imagination and helps them become better readers.