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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: OCTOBER 7, 2005


Three North Carolina elementary school students and one former middle school student received top honors in North Carolina's 2005 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, "I See the Driver – The Driver Sees Me."

Spencer Winspear, a student at Cleveland Elementary (Johnston County Schools) was the Division 1 (K-2 grades) winner, Justin Erickson, a student at General Greene Elementary (Guilford County Schools) won first place in Division 2 (3-5 grades), Amaniyea Pridgen, a student at Eastern Wayne Elementary (Wayne County Schools) won first place in Division 4 (Special Ed) and Zia Roberts, a former West Edgecombe Middle School student and currently a Southwest Edgecombe High student (Edgecombe County Schools), won first place in Division 3 (6-8 grades). As first place winners, each received a $50 savings bond sponsored by the Governor's Highway Safety Program and had their posters featured, along with other category winners, on the School Bus Safety Web site at

The National School Bus Safety Poster Contest theme highlights the critical need for students and drivers to communicate, not only verbally but also visually, as they board the bus in the morning and exit the bus in the afternoon. School bus drivers are trained to count students as they approach a stop and to count again as those students board the school bus to ensure that all students board safely. They follow the same procedure in reverse in the afternoon.

Just as it is important for the driver to watch the students, it also is important for the students to watch the driver. The driver has the view of approaching traffic and can help communicate to the student when it is safe to approach the school bus.

The School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest is held annually to select the official poster for National School Bus Safety Week, which is Oct. 16-22 this year. For more information on school bus safety, please go online to the School Bus Safety Web site at or contact the NCDPI's Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

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.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.