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School Bus Safety Poster Contest

Congratulations to our 2023 1st place winning poster artists!
Division 4 and Best of Show
Javari Jackson - Everman ISD
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3
Mar De la Cruz - Brownsville ISD
Ma'Riyah Dudley - Edgewood ISD
Rheannon Rain LaCasse - San Benito ISD
The Texas Association for Pupil Transportation (TAPT) enjoys the opportunity to take part each year in the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

2022-2023 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 artworkfor entry into the TAPT School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

Poster Theme:
Every poster and slogan must harmonize with the 2022-2023 poster contest theme:
Safely Rolling to My Destination
Contestants must illustrate the above theme only. The theme on the poster must be exactly as shown above, to include all punctuation.

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
  • 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 must 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.

When Can Posters Be Drawn?
Posters can be drawn anytime between September 6, 2022 - December 31, 2022, up to the deadline to submit an entry.

Contest Deadline: December 31, 2022

School Districts may enter one (1) First Place poster from each Division. These posters must be delivered to your School District Transportation Director by December 31, 2022.

Contest Divisions
Division 1:  Grades K-2
Division 2:  Grades 3-5
Division 3:  Grades 6-8
Division 4:  Special Education (Grades K-12)
Division 5:  CAD (Computer Aided Drawing)

Please Note: Division 5 - CAD entries are eligible for competition within those respective divisions but are not eligible to be the Overall Contest Winner.

Regional Chapters Deadline
Local TAPT Affiliated Chapters will vote on these posters during the January 2023 meeting. To locate information for your local chapter, please visit TAPT Affiliated Chapters or contact Marisa Weisinger (

First place winners from each Local Chapter must be received by the Poster Contest Chairperson no later than February 1, 2023. Mail to:
Spring Branch ISD - Transportation Department
Attn: Sherri Lawson, Director
1066 N. Gessner, Bldg. B
Houston, Texas 77055

State Level Judging
TAPT ACTIVE Level Members will vote on-line between February 15-18, 2023 to select the state level winning posters.
Winners that are selected at the State Level will be posted at after March 15, 2023.
"First Place" winning posters from the State Level must be sent to NAPT Headquarters by March 31, 2023.

Contest Infrastructure
The National School Bus Safety Poster Contest is sponsored each year by the American School Bus Council (ASBC), National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS), and the National School Transportation Association (NSTA).

All posters and related intellectual property rights becom ethe property of TAPT and the National Association of Pupil Transportation upon receipt and are not returned to the artist, his/her parents/legal guardians, art instructor or art teacher, school, state or contest sponsor, or any other person(s) claiming a right, title, or other interest in the poster. Posters that have been used for any promotional purposes may not be submitted.

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 and the National School Bus Safety Week (NSBSW) Committee each reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not comply with all contest requirements.

Prizes will be awarded at the state level contest as follows:
  • 1st Place and Overall Winner - $500 check
  • 1st Place Winners in remaining three divisions - $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

The 1st Place / Overall National Safety winning poster will be used to promote National School Bus Safety Week in 2023!!

For more information, please contact Sherri Lawson -

PO Box 488
Kemah, Texas 77565
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