NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: DECEMBER 9, 2009


Jennifer Sieredzki, a second grader at Riverwood Elementary (Johnston County Schools), was presented with a $500 savings bond from the National School Bus Safety Week committee for winning first place in the K-2 Division of the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham presented Sieredzki with the savings bond at Tuesday afternoon's Johnston County Board of Education meeting.

In presenting the award, Graham said, "Our top priority in the school transportation field is to ensure that students safely travel to and from school everyday. Jennifer has done a great job emphasizing the importance of staying safe while getting on and off the school bus. We congratulate her on receiving this national recognition for a job well done."

Riverwood Elementary School Assistant Principal Jackie Fisher said Sieredzki was well-deserving of the award. "Jennifer is a talented and delightful young lady. She is a very motivated student who always strives to do her best. She is constantly challenging herself to achieve to the best of her abilities."

Sarah Harris, Sieredzki's art teacher, said Sieredzki has been a shining star in her art class for the last three years. "Jennifer's work continues to amaze me. Her eye for composition and style are beyond her years. I look forward to seeing what she creates every time she comes to class."

Sieredzki's poster focused on the 2010 National School Bus Safety Week theme "Cross in View, It's the Right Thing to Do!" This theme highlights the need for students to remain in view of the bus driver when crossing the street to board the school bus. She depicted the school bus crossing arm, emphasizing that students should remain outside the school bus "danger zone" by keeping a distance of ten giant steps away from the bus. The ability of the bus driver to see each student - and vice-versa - is critical to school bus safety.

Sieredzki's poster received top honors in the Division 1 (grades K-2) category of the state's school bus safety poster contest in September. National poster contest judging took place in Louisville, Ky at the annual conference of the National Association for Pupil Transportation held Oct. 31-Nov. 5.

For more information on school bus safety in North Carolina, including the poster contest, please visit or contact the NCDPI 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 160 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.