Bus Safety Poster Contest

The National School Bus Safety Poster Contest is now going on.  Submissions are due by December 15, 2023.  This is open to all students in grades K - 5.  

Each participating US state, Canadian province, or overseas US military installation may submit one (only first-place winners) winning poster in each of the following

Division #1 - Grades K-2;
Division #2 - Grades 3-5;
Division #4 - Special Education (Grades K- 12)

Every poster and slogan must harmonize with the 2023-24 poster contest theme:

POSTER THEME:        Driving Safely Into the Future

Contestants must illustrate the above theme only. The theme on the poster must be exactly as shown above, to include all punctuation. 


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.


Completed poster size must be 11” x 17” or on 12" x 18"
. Posters may be illustrated on the
vertical or horizontal axis. 

Designs should be submitted on quality tag, poster illustration board or heavy paper. Construction paper may be used but 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, preprinted, 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 (freehand or pre-drawn stickon stencils) are not permitted and will disqualify the poster.

Poster designs may not incorporate any copyrighted materials (i.e., comic and/or television characters), including stock artwork, meaning photographs or other images of common places, landmarks, nature, events or people; clip art, meaning anything from an existing collection of pictures or images that can be imported from or into the poster; and non-original raster graphics or vector graphics. 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 an entry blank (See Ms. Adams for this)  securely fastened to the back of the poster which includes the student's name, grade, age, teacher’s name, email address, school name and school address. Please print clearly. Do not place name, school, etc., on the front of the poster. Display information on the back only. 

Prizes for Local Winners:

1st Place is $100:  (All 1st place local winners will be submitted to the national competition.)
2nd Place is $75
3rd Place is $50

Prizes for National Winners:  
1st Place and Overall Winner: $500 check
1st Place Winners of remaining 3 divisions: $250 check
2nd Place Winners of each 4 divisions : $100 check
3rd Place Winners of each 4 divisions : $50 check