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School Bus Safety Poster Contest

2020-2021 Guidelines, Specifications, and Regulations

Who May Enter
Any student enrolled in a public, parochial or other private elementary or middle school (plus high school for divisions 4 and 5 only) in the state of Texas may prepare artwork for entry into the TAPT School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

Posters must be submitted by each district to the local TAPT affiliate chapter no later than the April 2021 meeting to be voted on.

First place posters in each division from the local TAPT affiliate chapter will be sent to the TAPT School Bus Safety Poster Contest Chairperson, Sherri Lawson, no later than May 15, 2021 for entry into the state level of competition.

Contest Divisions
Division 1:  Grades K-2
Division 2:  Grades 3-5
Division 3:  Grades 6-8
Division 4:  Special Education
Division 5:  CAD (Computer Aided Drawing)

Poster Specifications
  • Completed poster size must be 11” x 17”. Posters may be illustrated on either the vertical or horizontal axis.
  • Designs should be submitted on quality tag, poster illustration board, or heavy paper. Construction paper may be used, but winning entries must be mounted on quality tag poster.
  • Lamination is NOT permitted and will disqualify the poster.
  • There is no limitation on the use and number of colors.
  • There is no limitation on the type of media - such as print, crayon, felt pen, etc. - used on the poster design; however, wood, plastic, glass, or metal should not be part of the poster. Collage materials should not be used. Glued-on pieces will disqualify the poster.
  • Lettering and Drawing: The poster design may incorporate freehand letters only. Stenciled, pre-printed, manufactured stick-on or press-on letters or tracings may not be used and will disqualify the poster. Lettering should be clearly legible, even if used as part of the poster design. Cut paper / stencils (free-hand or pre-drawn stick-on stencils) are not permitted and will disqualify the poster.
  • Poster designs may not incorporate any copyrighted characters (i.e. comic and/or television characters), photographs, and magazine or newspaper illustrations.
  • Drawings must be original, correct in safety concept, and the exclusive work of the student entering the contest in idea, design and execution. All artwork should be positive in approach, demonstrating only proper school bus safety behaviors. At least a part of a yellow school bus must be present in the poster.
  • There must be a Contestant/School District Contact Information form securely fastened to the back of the poster. Information muse be printed clearly and legibly. Download the Contestant/School District Contact Information form here.
  • DO NOT place name, school, etc. on the front of the poster. Display this information on the back of the poster only.
  • An art instructor or art teacher should supervise all work.

Poster Theme:
Every poster and slogan must harmonize with the 2021 poster contest theme:
Can’t Touch This - The Danger Zone!
Contestants must illustrate the above theme only. The theme on the poster must be exactly as shown above, to include all punctuation.

When Can Posters Be Drawn?
Posters can be drawn any time between September 2020 and March 2021, up to the deadline to submit an entry.

Contest Deadline:
Posters must be delivered to your local TAPT affiliate chapter no later than the March or April 2021 meeting to be voted on. (Check your local chapter for voting deadline.)
First place posters in each division from the local affiliate chapter will be sent by the affiliate chapter to the TAPT School Bus Safety Poster Contest Chairperson, Sherri Lawson, no later than May 15, 2021, at the following address:

Spring Branch ISD - Transportation Department
Attn: Sherri Lawson, Director
1066 N. Gessner, Bldg. B
Houston, Texas 77055

The state level contest will be conducted in conjunction with the 2021 TAPT Conference and Trade show in the Woodlands, June 2021. Winners selected at the state level will be posted at www.tapt.com after July 5, 2021.

First place winning posters from the state level contest will be sent to the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Headquarters by October 1, 2021 for entry into the national contest.

Judging:
Criteria for the selection of award-winning posters are:
  • Safety Impact - Relationship of the poster design to the school bus safety practices
  • Originality - Originality of the poster and how the idea is expressed in the poster design
  • Artistic Quality - Artwork and its execution
  • Visual Impact - Visual impact of the poster design
The TAPT School Bus Safety Poster Contest committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not comply with all contest requirements.

Prizes:
Prizes will be awarded at the state level contest as follows:
  • Overall Winner - $500 check
  • 1st Place Winners in remaining three divisions (1-4) - $250 check
  • 2nd Place Winners in each division (1-4) - $100 check
  • 3rd Place Winners in each division (1-4) - $50 check
  • 1st Place Winner in CAD division (5) - $50 check


Complete rules for the
NAPT 2021 National School Bus Safety Poster Contest
can be downloaded HERE.
TAPT
PO Box 488
Kemah, Texas 77565
281.549.6573
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