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Kansas Student Named Latest Winner of First Student Artwork Contest
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Kansas Student Named Latest Winner of First Student Artwork Contest

December 20, 2016

Olathe Winner Ruth BrooksAn elementary school student in Olathe, Kansas, is the latest winner of an artwork contest sponsored by First Student, the industry’s leading provider of student transportation solutions. The contest celebrates the experience of riding the school bus through artwork created by students in school districts across North America.

First Student selected the latest winning entry from Olathe Public Schools. Ruth Brooks, a fourth grader at Black Bob Elementary, captured how “Happiness starts with yellow.”  

Brooks’ colorful artwork also includes an important reminder for students and motorists to be safe around buses.  

“We enjoyed partnering with Olathe Public Schools to celebrate the lasting memories that are made on the way to and from school,” said First Student Area General Manager John Billigmeier. “The yellow school bus plays an important role in the school day, and we can see just how meaningful the experience is through each student’s artwork.”

First Student has worked closely with Olathe Public Schools to provide safe and reliable transportation for more than 30 years. The company transports nearly 8,000 students in the district every school day.

First Student awarded Black Bob Elementary $1,000 to put toward classroom supplies. The winning artwork entry will also be featured in an upcoming issue of District Administration magazine as part of an ongoing First Student campaign.

“Participating in the artwork contest provided our students with a great opportunity to show their appreciation for the school bus and the role it plays in their lives,” said Black Bob Elementary Principal Trisha Putthoff. “We are proud of Ruth for the creativity she showed in creating the winning entry.”

First Student has awarded more than $15,000 to schools with winning entries. Previous selections have been in the Lewisville School District in Texas, the Jericho School District in New York, St. Louis Public Schools and Cincinnati Public Schools.

Contest submissions are also being shared on First Student’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using the hashtag #MasterpieceMonday. About First Student, Inc. As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes six million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, and charter services for 1,200 school district contracts. For more information, please visit