CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Logan County elementary student is a national runner-up in the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest.
Jacob Key of South Man Elementary won a $250 savings bond for his depiction of school bus safety in Division I, which includes students in kindergarten through second grade. The winner in Division I was Kylie Terrell from Peoria, Ill. There are also divisions for grades 3-5, 6-8, special education and computer-aided drawing.
“Jacob is a shining example of the talented students we have in West Virginia,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “His safety message is so important when so many of our students in West Virginia depend on the bus to get to school. School bus transportation is the safest way to get children to school each day.”
In West Virginia, school buses travel more than 41 million miles each year, transporting about 230,000 students each day to school safely and reliably. Across the country, school buses provide more than 10 billion passenger trips each year.
School Bus Safety Week was established in 1966 by the National Association for Pupil Transportation, National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services and National School Transportation Association. Celebrated each fall, the week promotes awareness on the local and state level through poster and speech contests, distribution of school bus safety community awareness toolkits, and other activities to raise awareness of school bus safety issues.
Key was the only student from West Virginia to place nationally. The other state winners in their respective divisions were Kaitlyn Kelley, grades 3-5, Eagle Intermediate, Berkeley County; Elizabeth Adase, grades 6-8, Bridge Street Middle, Ohio County; and Chris Cecil, computer-aided, Hernondon Consolidated, Wyoming County. The computer-aided poster was not eligible to compete in the national contest.
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