NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: SEPTEMBER 10, 2012


Four North Carolina public school students received top honors in North Carolina's 2012 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black." The theme emphasizes to students the importance of standing back from the road at their bus stop and giving the bus driver plenty of time and space to stop the bus so that they can safely board. The danger zone is the area within 10 feet of the bus on any side.

The 2012 poster contest winners are:

  • Division 1 (grades K-2) – Kaleigh Cox, Franklinton Elementary (Franklin County Schools);
  • Division 2 (grades 3-5) – Jennifer Sieredzki, Riverwood Elementary (Johnston County Schools);
  • Division 3 (grades 6-8) – Victoria Amaro, Southeast Middle (Rowan-Salisbury Schools); and
  • Exceptional Children Division – Bobby McIntyre, Deep River Elementary (Lee County Schools).

In congratulating the winners, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham said, "Knowing how to respect the school bus and wait before boarding is a key part of school bus safety. 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 will receive a plaque featuring his or her artwork, which also will be featured on the state's School Bus Safety Web site, In addition, first place winners will receive a mp3 player featuring bus safety videos or other school bus safety prizes.

First place winners will go on to compete in the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest, to be held in October in Memphis, Tenn. National poster contest judges will select the official poster for National School Bus Safety Week 2013. Meanwhile, National School Bus Safety week 2012 will be observed during the week of Oct. 22-26.

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.