NEWS RELEASES 2011-12 :: SEPTEMBER 28, 2011


Two North Carolina elementary school students and two middle school students received top honors in North Carolina's 2011 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, "I See the Driver - The Driver Sees Me!" The contest's theme emphasizes to students that they should cross the street, board the bus and exit the bus, while staying in view of the school bus driver at all times. The danger zone is that area within 10 feet of the bus on any side.

The 2011 poster contest winners are:

  • Division 1 (grades K-2) - Odette Padron, Oak Hill Elementary (Guilford County Schools);
  • Division 2 (grades 3-5) - Jennifer Sieredzki, Riverwood Elementary (Johnston County Schools);
  • Division 3 (grades 6-8) - Maria Delgado, Southeast Middle School (Rowan County Schools); and
  • Exceptional Children Division - Raul Rojas, Lowrance Middle (Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools).

In congratulating the winners, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham said, "Effective communication between bus drivers and students is a critical piece of the bus safety equation. These students did an excellent job of conveying this message, and I hope it will stay with them and their fellow students throughout their school careers."

All first, second and third place winners receive a plaque featuring his or her artwork, which is also featured on the state's School Bus Safety Web site, First place winners also receive a mp3 player featuring bus safety videos.

First place winners will now compete in the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest, to be held in October in Cincinnati, Ohio. National poster contest judges will select the official poster for National School Bus Safety Week 2011 (Oct. 17-21).

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Governor's Highway Safety Program sponsor the annual School Bus Safety Poster contest. For more information on school bus safety, please visit or contact the NCDPI's Communications division.

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.