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New York Student Names Latest Winner of First Student Artwork Contest
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New York Student Names Latest Winner of First Student Artwork Contest

April 26, 2016

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A New York elementary school student is the latest winner in 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 the Jericho School District. Richard Xu, a second grader at George A. Jackson School, captured how “Happiness starts with yellow.”  

“Nothing symbolizes the start and end of every school day more than the yellow school bus,” said First Student President Dennis R. Maple. “We recognize the important role we play in each child’s school day, and through this artwork contest, we get a chance to see what riding a First Student bus means to the students we serve.”

First Student awarded Jackson School $1,000 to put toward classroom supplies. Xu’s artwork will also be featured as part of a First Student advertising campaign in the June issue of American School Board Journal. “Participating in the artwork contest provided our students with a great opportunity to show their appreciation for the role the school bus plays in their lives,” said Jackson School Principal Benny D’Aquila. “We are proud of Richard for the creativity he showed in creating the winning entry.”

First Student is awarding a total of $12,000 this year to schools with winning entries in participating districts that the company serves. Four other winning entries have been selected in the St. Louis and Rockwood School Districts in Missouri.

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 1,300 school district contracts. For more information, please visit