NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: SEPTEMBER 2, 2009


Three North Carolina elementary school students and one middle school student received top honors in North Carolina's 2009 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, "Cross in View, It's the Right Thing to Do!" The contest's theme emphasizes to students that they should always cross the street and board and exit the bus in the view of the school bus driver.

The 2009 poster contest winners are:
  • Division 1 (grades K-2) - Jennifer Sieredzki, Riverwood Elementary School (Johnston County Schools);
  • Division 2 (grades 3-5) - Arianna Edwards, Forrest Hunt Elementary (Rutherford County Schools);
  • Division 3 (grades 6-8) - Kavajae Chatman, Darden Middle School (Wilson County Schools); and
  • Exceptional Children Division - Cindy Sanchez-Perez, Spring Creek Elementary (Wayne County 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 entire bus safety equation. Students across North Carolina participated in this year's contest and 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 school bus safety items. In addition, winning posters are featured on the state's School Bus Safety Web site,, under "New to Web site."

First place winners will now compete in the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest, to be held in Louisville, Ky., in November 2009. National poster contest judges will select the official poster for National School Bus Safety Week 2010 (Oct. 19-23).

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 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.