Who May Enter:
Any student enrolled in a public, parochial or other private elementary or middle school (plus High Schools in Division 4
and 5 only) in the United States of America, Canada or an overseas US military installation may submit artwork to the
National School Bus Safety Poster Contest.
Completed poster size must be 11” x 17” or 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 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 (freehand 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 3" x 5" card / entry blank securely fastened to the back of the poster which includes the
student's name, grade, age, teacher’s name, 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.
An art instructor or art teacher should supervise all work.
Every poster and slogan must harmonize with the 2017 poster contest theme:
My Driver - My Safety Hero!
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 anytime between September 2016 and September 2017, up to the deadline to submit