TOPEKA — For the first time in several years, Kansas had two students who placed in the National School Bus Safety Week poster contest.
Kaylee Clancy, currently a third-grade student at Langston Hughes Elementary School (Lawrence Unified School District 497), placed third in Division I of the 2016 national poster contest, which is sponsored by the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT). Division I is for students in kindergarten through second grade. Kaylee was a second-grade student when she entered the contest.
Kira Schafer, currently an eighth-grade student at El Dorado Middle School (El Dorado USD 490), placed third in Division III, which is for students in sixth through eighth grades. Kira was a seventh-grade student when she entered the contest.
The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the Kansas State Pupil Transportation Association (KSPTA) sponsor the state-level contest. The agency received more than 200 entries from about 30 districts across Kansas, said Keith Dreiling, KSDE’s director of School Bus Safety.
KSDE narrows the list down to five in each division. Then, Kansas school bus drivers vote for the top winner in each division during a June bus driver competition in Hutchinson.
The winners from each division then advance to the national competition.
While there are five divisions in the national competition, KSDE only received entries in Divisions I-III. The Division II winner for the 2016 state-level competition was Susan Martinez, Linn Public School (USD 223). Division II is for students in third through fifth grades.
Kaylee, Kira and Susan received plaques from KSPTA. Kaylee and Kira, the two national winners, will receive $50 each from the NAPT.
“Kansas hasn’t had a national winner since 2002,” Dreiling said. “We want to congratulate Kaylee and Kira on this achievement.”
Dreiling said while it is difficult to select a winner out of more than 200 entries, he would like to see more Kansas districts participate in the poster contest.
The 2016 poster contest theme was #Stop On Red. The contest is the highlight of National School Bus Safety Week. Thousands of school districts in more than 40 states participate in the competitions. The winning posters are used to promote safer school transportation, according to the NAPT.
The overall national winner was Branden Pagurayan, of Kapolei, Hawaii.
The 2017 National School Bus Safety Week will take place Oct. 16-20, 2017. The theme for the 2017 poster contest, which will take place March through May 2017, is My Driver – My Safety Hero. KSDE will send out more information closer to the date.
More information on the state-level school bus safety poster contest for 2016 is available at http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/School-Finance/School-Bus-Safety/School-Bus-Safety-Poster-Contest.
More information on the national-level school bust safety poster contest for 2016 and 2017 can be found at http://napt.org/resources/national-school-bus-safety-week.php.
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