NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: AUGUST 27, 2014


Two North Carolina elementary school students and two middle school students received top honors in North Carolina's 2014 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, "Be Smart - Be Seen, I Wait in a Safe Place!" The contest theme emphasizes that students should stay safe at their school bus stop - most importantly, waiting back from the roadway and preparing to board in a single file. If the bus stop is on the opposite side of the road, students should make eye contact with the bus driver before stepping into the roadway.

The 2014 poster contest winners are:

  • Grades K-2 - Sara Maw, Franklinton Elementary (Franklin County Schools)
  • Grades 3-5 - Sydney Steelman, Morgan Elementary (Rowan-Salisbury Schools)
  • Grades 6-8 - Grissel Hernandez, Southeast Middle (Rowan-Salisbury Schools)
  • Special Education - Leonard Johnson, Liberty Middle (Burke County Schools)

In congratulating the winners, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham said, "The message to students, as reflected in this year's poster theme, is clear: stay safe by making sure you can be seen by the school bus driver and other motorists. Because some motorists break the law and do not stop for the school bus stop sign, students must be aware and take extra care at the bus stop and especially when crossing the street." Graham added that students participating in this year's contest learned the importance of school bus safety rules as they worked on their posters.

Each of the first place winners will receive a plaque featuring his or her artwork and a school bus safety puzzle, also featuring the student's winning poster. Winning posters are featured on the state's School Bus Safety website,, under "New to Web Site." First place winners also will compete in the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

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

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.