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Puppets Teach Sandy Creek Elementary Bus Safety

Sandy Creek Elementary Students learned about bus safety during a puppet show put on by the school’s transportation department recently.

Transportation Supervisor Robin Cashel said the production is an annual event that brings something new each year.

Transportation supervisor Robin Cashel prepares students for a puppet show presentation regarding bus safety.
Transportation supervisor Robin Cashel prepares students for a puppet show presentation regarding bus safety.

Sandy Creek alum Mike Cambareri writes the script and arranges the songs.

This year he transformed the song “All About That Base” (originally sung by Meghan Trainor) into “Oh you know you have to sit.”

Clapping and singing along, the students learned the importance of staying in your seat on the bus, looking both ways before you cross the road and putting an end to bullying from puppet Bus Driver Bill.

The children might not have realized that their very own bus drivers and transportation staff were the masterminds behind the puppets’ faces, making sure to stay hidden behind the bus scene until the students had left.

At the end of the performances, Cashel relayed information regarding the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

The competition begins at the school level whose winners will proceed to a regional contest, a state contest and then a national contest.

Puppets operated by the SCCS Transportation staff sing songs regarding bus safety practices like staying in your seat and not being a bully.
Puppets operated by the SCCS Transportation staff sing songs regarding bus safety practices like staying in your seat and not being a bully.

The national winner’s poster is used to promote National School Bus Safety Week in 2016.

This year’s theme is “Bully Free Zone,” and entries must include the name of the theme as well as an image of a school bus.

The posters must be 11 by 17 inches or 12 by 18 inches. They can be illustrated vertically or horizontally and must be on quality tag poster illustration board.

The deadline for poster submission is April 17.

Entries are judged on safety impact (relationship of the poster design to the school bus safety practices), originality, artistic quality and visual impact.

Students can ask their teachers or the transportation department for official rules and details.

The National School Bus Safety Poster Contest is sponsored each year by the National Association for Pupil Transportation, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services and the National School Transportation Association.