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REMINDER - CTDOT Sponsoring Poster Contest for Kids

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today reminded Connecticut teachers and school children that CTDOT is sponsoring a student poster contest for kindergarten through fifth grade school kids to recognize and thank bus drivers and other public transit workers who have become “heroes moving heroes” and “essential workers on wheels” during the coronavirus pandemic.

             Winners will have their posters enlarged, printed and displayed at bus shelters, maintenance garages and other public transportation facilities.

             “Our transit workers – drivers, mechanics and other support staff – have done, and continue to do, an outstanding job under extremely stressful circumstances,” said CTDOT Commissioner Joe Giulietti. “We have taken a number of steps to keep them protected and safe. They, in turn, are helping to keep their passengers safe – many of whom are ‘essential workers.’ I believe that a poster contest will help us recognize these men and women, and bring the community together through our children who are eager to thank them.”

             K-5 children around Connecticut are eligible to participate. CTDOT will be reaching out to schools and school districts to engage teacher and student participation. Student poster creations can incorporate one or both themes, which includes “Thank You for All You Do” or “Healthy Habits on the Bus to Keep Everyone Safe” such as wearing masks and not touching your face.  Pictures or scans of student artwork and a parental consent form can be submitted through email:

             Posters will be accepted through June 30. Contest rules and requirements can be found here. The parental consent form can be found here.

             While bus ridership has been cut in half during the pandemic, Connecticut transit operators as “essential workers on wheels” continue to transport the public for essential travel – going to work, the grocery store, the drug store, and the like. CTDOT’s poster contest is a way to express the State of Connecticut’s gratitude and appreciation for our heroes moving heroes and to acknowledge the best way to keep public bus drivers safe, is to follow safe and healthy habits on public transportation.

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