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School Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners Announced

Submission Date: October 25, 2019

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0014-10-19)

School Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners Announced  

School Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners Announced

Transportation officials honor drivers during national week of recognition

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Three talented students in Henry County Schools recently earned top honors for their artistic talents with their entries into the Henry County Schools School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

The local contest is a lead-in to the state and national contests, which coincide with National School Bus Safety Week (October 21-25) as promoted by the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT).

Prior to this year’s national week of recognition, the local school transportation department hosted the local portion of the contest to find outstanding artwork to submit for the state and national contests.  Entries from kindergarten through 8th grade were accepted.  Over 100 students from Henry County Schools submitted entries across four different divisions: Division 1 – Kindergarten – 2nd grade; Division 2 – 3rd – 5th grade; Division 3 – 6th – 8th grade.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Red Lights Mean Stop!”  Each poster had to incorporate the slogan into its design.

Local contest winners for 2019 include the following:

-           Division 1 – Amaya Williamson – Dutchtown Elementary

-           Division 2 – Santiago Pena-Garcia – Stockbridge Elementary

-           Division 3 – Aumkar Patel –Union Grove Middle School

Santiago went on to earn 1st place at the state level and will now have his artwork entered into the national poster contest.  Aumkar’s local entry earned a 2nd place finish at the state level.  Both students earned a monetary prize for their state-level accomplishments.

This is Aumkar’s fourth year to win the local division competition.  He also placed third in the state competition in 2016 and won the state and national competitions in 2017.

National School Bus Safety Week is a way to remind the public about the important topic of using extreme caution and awareness around school buses as they transport our youth.  As a part of this week, local officials also take time to thank the hard-working employees in the department who are responsible for transporting students and maintaining the fleet with a luncheon.

“We could not be successful without the incredible drivers, monitors, technicians, and support staff that take great pride in providing the safest form of transportation for our students,” said Cliff Shearouse, Executive Director of Transportation.

You can find out more about Henry County Schools at www.henry.k12.ga.us.

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Attachments – School Bus Safety Poster Contest winners.