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Friday, November 19, 2010

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Florida Student Wins National School Bus Safety Poster Contest

~ Overall winner highlights danger zones in pupil transportation ~

Tallahassee – Florida ninth-grader German Salazar, Jr. from Oviedo High School was selected as the overall winner of the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) annual school bus safety poster contest during the NAPT conference in Portland, Ore. Salazar’s poster, themed “Be Aware – Know the Danger Zone!” reminds motorists and students to be safe in and around school buses. His winning poster will be showcased during the 2011 National School Bus Safety Week, to be held Oct. 16-22, 2011.

“I’m proud of the great work German showcased to increase the awareness of school bus safety,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Our buses remain the safest mode of transportation, and we must be vigilant in educating motorists of their role in ensuring the safety of our students on the roadways.”

Salazar submitted his poster entry in Florida’s statewide poster contest in June while he was a student at Jackson Heights Middle School, and was selected as Florida’s first place winner during this year’s School Bus Safety Week in October.

“I’m thrilled that German has received this national honor, and appreciate the support of Jackson Heights Middle School as it has developed a reputation and history of producing top winners in support of this worthwhile program,” said Kenneth Lewis, Director of Transportation for the Seminole County Public School District.

As the winner of Division III, which covered grades 6 through 8, his poster was submitted to the national competition, where he competed against other entries across the country. Salazar received a $1,000 savings bond for his winning depiction of school bus safety awareness.

For more information about School Bus Safety, visit www.floridaschoolbussafety.gov and www.fldoe.org/transportation/.

Note: For a picture of the winning poster, please contact the DOE Press Office.