The American School Bus Council (ASBC) has named the winner of its annual National School Bus Safety Week poster contest.
Annually, ASBC encourages students to enter its poster contest to help artistically depict school bus safety-related themes.Thousands of school districts in over 40 states participate in local- and state-level competitions, and the winning posters are used to promote safer school transportation for everyone. The state winners advance to the national contest.
“Be Safe – Know the Danger Zone” was the theme for the 2020-21 School Bus Safety Week. The theme promoted awareness of the school bus danger zone — an area approximately 10 to 12 feet around the bus where children are in the most danger of being hit, either by another vehicle or their own bus.
This year, a poster drawn by Huyen Pham, a student at Northbrook Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, was chosen to promote the theme. Pham’s artwork was selected among entries from 13 different states, and it will be showcased during this year’s National School Bus Safety Week, which will be held from October 18 to 22.
With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting many state and local contests this year, the deadline for entries was extended from mid-September 2020 to the end of February 2021. ASBC had the goal of selecting division winners and the overall winner before the end of the 2020-21 school year; however, due to school schedules being significantly different than prior years, with many students and teachers engaging entirely online, ASBC members decided to:
- Select one overall winner from posters that were submitted by March 1, 2021.
- Award prizes to every student who drew a poster that was submitted by the deadline.
- Include late entries for the 2021 contest in the 2022 contest in a separate category.
Looking ahead to next year’s National School Bus Safety Week, ASBC has chosen the theme: “1 bus + 1 driver = a BIG Impact on Education.” Posters for the annual contest must be submitted by April 1, 2022, or the designated individual state deadline. Each poster will be evaluated by a panel of judges, which will select winners in five different divisions, as well as an overall winner by May 2022. The overall winning poster will be used to promote National School Bus Safety Week for 2022.