NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: OCTOBER 25, 2010


Three North Carolina elementary school students and one middle school student received top honors in North Carolina's 2010 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, "Be Aware - Know the Danger Zone!" The contest's theme emphasizes to students that they should be aware of "the danger zone" - that area within 10 feet of the bus on any side. Students should be able to see the driver and should not walk or run close to the front, side or rear of the bus.

The 2010 poster contest winners are:

  • Division 1 (grades K-2) - Jennifer Sieredzki, Riverwood Elementary, (Johnston County Schools);
  • Division 2 (grades 3-5) - Huy Truong, Archer Elementary (Guilford County Schools);
  • Division 3 (grades 6-8) - Shannon Davis, Springfield Middle (Wilson County Schools); and
  • Exceptional Children Division - Madison Eaton, Morgan Elementary (Rowan County Schools).

In congratulating the winners, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham said, "School buses are the safest mode of transportation for students, but students must abide by the rules. Students who participated 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 an MP3 player containing school bus safety videos. In addition, winning posters are featured on the state's School Bus Safety website at under "NEW TO WEBSITE."

First place winners will now compete in the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest, to be held next month in Portland, Oregon. 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 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.