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NEWS RELEASES 1999-00 :: DECEMBER 10, 1999


Highlighting the importance of good student behavior at railroad crossings resulted in Steven Fohl's poster being selected as the national winner in the "computer assisted" category of the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. Fohl is a seventh grade student at Hunters Creek Middle School in the Onslow County School System.

National School Bus Safety Week is held annually the third week in October. Fohl's poster focused on the theme for the year 2000, "Railroad Crossing &emdash; Quiet Zone." The topic serves to remind students and bus drivers of the importance of good conduct on the bus, particularly at railroad crossings. School bus drivers, who stop at all railroad crossings, must open their window and passenger door to "stop, look and listen" for oncoming trains. This can only be done effectively when passengers are quiet.

The National School Transportation Association, the National Association for Pupil Transportation, and the National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation jointly sponsor the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. The contest is held annually to select artwork for a National School Bus Safety Week poster to be distributed the following year.

This is the first year that the experimental "computer assisted" category was included in the contest. The overall winner was selected from winners in the "traditional categories" featuring hand-drawn artwork.

Additional information on rail-grade crossing safety can be found on the North Carolina Operation Lifesaver's web site, For additional information on School Bus Safety Week, visit the National School Transportation's web site, The winning artwork can be seen on the North Carolina's Pupil Transportation web site,

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.