The National Association for Pupil Transportation sponsors an annual school bus safety poster contest. This years theme is, "#StopOnRed" for poster creation. The District 49 transportation department conducts its own contest based on the NAPT national theme. The purpose of the local contest is to select winners to move forward to the state level competition as part of the national contest framework.
"We enjoy the opportunity to see the artwork from our students across the district," said Gene Hammond, District 49 transportation director. "To see the importance of safety on our buses through the eyes of those we serve reminds us of the important job we do each day."
The first year, several dozen posters were submitted. The district sponsored contest has grown each year and now several hundred posters are submitted by learners across the district's four innovation zones.
"We take the posters and put them on display in the transportation department," said Jack Pietraallo, transportation manager, "any district employee may cast a ballot for their favorite."
Students participate in two locally contest divisions, grades K-2 and grades 3-5. Student winners in each division receive a $50 gift card. Teachers of the winning students receive a $100 gift card to purchase classroom supplies.
Gabby Ikenberry, Springs Ranch Elementary School second-grader was voted the 2016 winner of the K-2 division.
This year’s grades 3-5 winning poster was submitted by Katrina Kelsch, Grade 5, Springs Ranch Elementary.
"Due to the quality of entries this year, we decided to award an honorable mention," said Hammond, "Lauren Pond from Springs Ranch Elementary School, a fourth-grader, wins a twenty-five dollar gift certificate for best use of the theme."
Students winners and their teachers were recognized at school assemblies prior to the end of the school year.