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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: AUGUST 9, 2007


Three North Carolina elementary school students and one middle school student received top honors in North Carolina's 2007 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, "Stop on Red, Kids Ahead."

Parker Greene a student at Cleveland Elementary (Rowan County) was the Division 1 (K-2 grades) winner; Estela Garcia, a student at Spring Creek Elementary (Wayne County Schools) won first place in Division 2 (3-5 grades); Christopher Smith, a student at Eastern Wayne Middle (Wayne County Schools) won first place in Division 3 (6-8 grades), and Zoe Silvey, a student at Ira B. Jones Elementary (Asheville City) won first place in the Exceptional Children Division. 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 for 2007 was "Stop on Red, Kids Ahead." This message highlights the importance of motorists paying careful attention while driving - especially in the vicinity of a school bus. In an annual count, North Carolina school bus drivers consistently report that about 2,000 times each day motorists fail to stop for a school bus with red lights flashing and stop arm extended.

The School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest is held annually to select the official poster for National School Bus Safety Week, which is Oct. 22-26 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.