Rainy River District School Board teachers and students are encouraged to get involved with National School Bus Safety Week, which is held during the third week of October each year.
The theme of School Bus Safety Week this year was “Stay Out of Harm . . . Obey the Stop Arm.”
As a way to promote school bus safety, the Rainy River District School Board’s transportation department held its first School Bus Safety Week poster contest, receiving entries from 61 elementary students.
Drawings were required to be original, correct in safety concept, and the exclusive work of the student entering the contest.
The posters were judged by the transportation department based on how the safety concept was expressed in the poster design, on the artwork, and on the visual impact.
Jada Eide, a Grade 4 student at Robert Moore School here, won first place in the Grade 3-5 division, and also had the distinction of being the overall contest winner.
She received certificates of recognition, a Nancy Drew game, and a “Leap Frog” custom gaming system for her winning poster that featured school bus safety at a railroad crossing.
Lindsay Dixon, a Grade 5 student at Robert Moore, was presented with second place in the Grade 3-5 division.
In the Junior Kindergarten-Grade 2 division, Jordan Eldridge, a Grade 2 student at J.W. Walker School, was the first-place winner, with second place in this division going to Makenna Henttonen, who is in Grade 2 at Robert Moore.
The transportation department presented prizes for all divisional winners last Monday (Nov. 3).
“It was the first time that the students had the opportunity to participate in a contest such as this, and we were pleased with the number of participants,” noted transportation officer Donna Lee.
“We look forward to more student involvement next year,” she added. “Congratulations to all the winners.”