Delaney Bus Lines and East Front Public School partnered Friday in a unique project designed to meld arts education with a lesson on school bus safety.
Searching for a unique way to highlight School Bus Safety Week later this month, Delaney and East Front encouraged students to display art in the windows of a Delaney bus parked on school grounds. The artwork, pastels and paintings of fall flowers, owls and other fall scenes, was created under the guidance of local artist Karen Spinney-Helmer.
The project allowed students to display their art as well as learn more about school bus safety. A dozen students who helped decorate the bus each received a special bus-shaped safety card from Delaney. The card provided information on everything from safe distances to cross in front of a stopped bus to ways to exit in case of an accident.
The project was done in advance of School Bus Safety Week, slated for October 18-22, and was designed to highlight the coming week and the need for students to keep safe by following the rules.
“Partnering with Delaney Bus Lines on this creative project allowed us to emphasize two very important things,” said East Front Principal Catherine Cooper. “Promoting the value of creative arts and the importance of school bus safety in one single project is a winning combination for our students, local bus operators, and the public.”
Delaney Bus Lines General Manager Mark Begg said the event was a fun way to educate students about school bus safety.
“There was no doubt in our minds about participating in this project when East Front Public School proposed it,” said Begg. “Raising awareness about School Bus Safety Week and the importance of school buses in a unique fashion was exciting for us and provided a new form of artistic development for the students we transport.”
“It’s a great day when two very different partners are able to come together and achieve an amazing result,” added Spinney-Helmer. “Promoting creative arts and school bus safety are two wonderful achievements.”
Grade 6 student Callista Carbonnell said the program was a worthwhile learning experience. Students not only got a chance to study proper drawing and painting techniques, but they were able to display their art and received a helpful reminder on bus safety rules.