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The Wheels of The Bus Go Round and Round At CAC! 

As young learners at school, students are usually taught the famous song "the wheels on the bus go round and round", but at CAC the bus is definitely more than wheels going round for its 220 elementary, middle, and high school passengers! 

The motor pool system is a godsend for parents who don’t have the time or ability to drive their children to and from school every day of the week. Still, in spite of the convenience, some parents still have concerns regarding sending their children to school by bus. CAC school buses are not only one of the safest vehicles on the road, but provide an enriching experience for children of all ages as well. Below are some reasons why the school bus is the perfect way to get to school: 

Students Learn Time Management Skills When Taking The Bus.

As children get older, it’s important that they learn how to stick to a schedule. The school bus is the perfect opportunity for them to do that. For most kids, their days are rigidly planned out by parents and teachers, which means there aren’t a lot of chances for them to practice managing their own schedules. Riding the school bus is a safe and low risk way for kids to learn how to manage their time and stick to a schedule.

 

The CAC bus is a good place to make new friends and build social skills.

We no longer live in the type of world where our kids run outside to play with their neighborhood friends. One of the benefits of riding the CAC school bus is that it provides a little bit of our childhood experience for our children. Since the bus is where other neighborhood kids who go to the same school all gather, it's a great opportunity for our children to get to know the other kids in the neighborhood. Those moments at the bus stop have even provided parents with the opportunity to get to know their neighbors who are part of the CAC community. It’s a chance to create bonds and have back a piece of that sense of community that we’re so lacking in our culture today. 

"I go to school by bus and it's fun because we always have a topic to talk about no matter if it is interesting or not" was what one bus-rider had to say about their daily bus rides. 

"I trust CAC with my children every day. I can rely on them to ensure my children get home safely by the bus,” explained a parent. 

Time Commuting Around Cairo is Efficient with CAC buses.

CAC serves students residing all over Cairo in Maadi, Zamalek, Mohandeseen, Dokki, Heliopolis, Nasr City, and New Cairo. After the enhanced road infrastructure in Cairo over the past few years, and coupled with a continuous study by the CAC Motor Pool Department of the best routes to take in light of daily street needs and occurrences, the time consumed to take students to and from CAC is not long. A given route such as the New Cairo bus route takes less than 40 minutes. 

"I come by bus every morning from New Cairo and it's really fun because I get to spend time with my friends on the bus and talk about things before school starts. It's a really nice way to spend your day"  added another student. 

School buses are a perfectly safe and fun way to get to school.

Our CAC bus monitors and drivers are trained professionals who put a lot of effort and passion into their careers. All school bus drivers undergo background checks, take part in continued training, and are required to pass road driving tests. It’s worth noting that all CAC buses are GPS-tracked for safety reasons. Moreover, bus monitors and drivers are required to provide constant reporting that is also shared with Elementary School, Middle School, and High School divisions. 

Bus commute is in line with our going green initiative.

Let’s not forget that CAC buses are environment-friendly and contribute to reduced road traffic. Every individual school bus replaces around 36 cars on the road, which collectively keeps 17 million cars off the road every day. This means a lot less traffic on the road in the mornings and afternoons, so everyone has a safer and easier commute! Congestion around and in school zones is a problem in most school districts; this problem can be eliminated the more students ride their school buses.

In conclusion, riding the CAC school bus isn't just about transportation convenience. It is about making a positive impact on children's lives by helping them socialize, interact and create life-long memories and lasting friendships. 

"SteveKerrCACI remember watching Steve practice for hours shooting hoops on this basketball court and being amazed at how great he was", said our alumnus John Bruno as he walked beside the CAC basketball courts and saw Steve Kerr's quote hung at the entrance of the Athletics Building. 

Steve Kerr, a former student at CAC during his teenage years in the late seventies and early eighties, is known to many as a legend in the world of basketball world wide. A renowned former professional basketball player, and current coach to the Golden State Warriors; Kerr won the NBA championships five times as a player, three times with the Chicago Bulls, and twice with the San Antonio Spurs, as well as three times as the head coach of the Warriors!  

From his early days at CAC, he was one of the main reasons that for the first time in CAC's history, the Boy's Varsity Basketball team came home from a tournament in another country with a first place trophy, winning a final championship game that what was quoted as being one of the toughest games of the year, earning him the Most Valuable Player of the Year award. His team even won 17 consecutive games by the close of that season and were undefeated on Home court.

After being born in the Middle East and spending most of his childhood there; he then finished school in Los Angeles to later join the University of Arizona, playing basketball on their team- The Arizona Wildcats, from 1983 to 1988. In 1988, he began his professional career starting with the Phoenix Suns before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Soon after, Steve joined Orlando Magic, before joining the Chicago Bulls, where he played an instrumental role in achieving their second championship at the time. 

In 1999, Steve joined the Spurs and subsequently won the championship, making Kerr one of two players to have four successive NBA titles. After a short season with the Portland Trail Blazers,  Kerr finished his playing career in 2003 with the Spurs, with a record of playing 910 matches and scoring 6.0 points per game in average.

Kerr went on to become a television analyst with the Turner Network Television; serving on the commentary team, and anchoring a segment named "Steve's Refreshing Thoughts", that was later named "Steve Wonders", alongside being an NBA commentator for Yahoo! and later providing commentary for CBS and Turner Sports, among others. 

After becoming the General Manager of the Phoenix Suns (his old team) in 2004, in 2014, Kerr joined The Golden State Warriors as their Head Coach. It is worthy to mention that under his leadership, the Warriors won their first NBA title in 40 years after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers. 
With an astounding professional background, while being named NBA All-Star Game Head Coach twice in 2015 and 2017, and receiving the Rudy Tomjanovich Award in 2018, still humbled him to give back to the world in various ways.

SteveKerrVisit1Recently,  Steve came back to Egypt to coach campers at the NBA and FIBA's Africa Basketball without Borders (BWB) programme among five other NBA head coaches. The aim of the program is to help 64 boys and girls aged 18 and under from 25 African countries follow in the footsteps of professionals in the world of basketball.

While in Egypt, Kerrr mentioned in an interview with ESPN that he made his visit back to Cairo a family affair- "I wanted to come to Cairo (for BWB), I haven't been back here since 1985", he said. "I brought back my family-- I brought my wife, my daughter, her husband--it's great to be visiting Egypt again and doing so while coaching and being part of BWB made it a perfect trip".

As one of four siblings that also attended Cairo American College (CAC), Kerr decided to take the time to make a surprise visit to CAC while in Egypt. He surprised the basketball teams while in practice, hung out with the community, and even participated in Harkness Table discussions with the students, while sharing his childhood memories. 

"I had a chance to visit the CAC campus and go talk to the school teams, boys' and girls' teams, visit some of the coaches and the teachers, so it was a great experience", Kerr said.

It is worthy to mention that Kerr has remained in touch with his school, CAC, and its community over the years, and surprised and inspired CAC students in a video appearance a few years ago during CAC Award Night, congratulating a student on achieving the Parker Bradford Award (one of the most prestigious awards in basketball). 

 

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We are proud to call him a true Eagle that continues to not only inspire the CAC community, but people around the world. 

 

 

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