School Bus Safety Poster Contest winners from Sidway, St. Stephen, Kaegebein and Huth Road elementary schools were treated to breakfast at Tops on Thursday morning, Oct. 27.
The poster contest was part of the district's school bus safety program that includes classroom training, emergency bus evacuation and safe crossing procedures. This year's contest theme was: "Stand Back from the Yellow and Black." The contest was organized by Karen Dallessandro and the Bus Safety Team and was made possible by Tops and store manager Patti Bianco. Bus Safety Team members include: Dallessandro, Barbara Backland, Denise McMahon, Faith Mantione, Amy VeRost, Shawn Benzing, Nancy Heftka and Kathy Jackson.
The contest-winning students were treated to breakfast pizza, doughnuts and juice. Each student was also given a Tops cloth bag filled with goodies.
The winning posters will go on to for judging against other Western New York schools. WNY winners will then compete at the New York Association for Pupil Transportation state competition in July. The Bus Safety Team thanked all of the students, teachers and parents for their support. A selection of posters can be viewed at Tops.
Out of the 317 posters that were submitted, the local winners were: Sidway Elementary - Maia Litwin and Casey Walowitz. Kaegebein Elementary - Joseph Zherebilov, Allyson Bellinger, Jenna Wilkinson, Lucas Pieri and Anna Martin. Huth Road Elementary - Samantha Hoerner, Elaina Page, Madison Zaccaria, Thomas Fabiano, Sarah Moore and Zachary Caughill. St. Stephen School - Abigail Sonnenberg.