October 23, 2015 @ 8:43 AM

On October 21st this past week there was much hype about the movie "Back to the Future Part II." In the movie one of the main characters (Marty McFly: aka Michael J. Fox) travels to October 21, 2015, to save his children, who have yet to be born in the original movie from 1985 "Back to the Future." The movie showed viewers in 1989 a glimpse of the future including: skateboards that could hover without wheels, flying cars, and flat screen televisions - at least the film got one of these right!

Another historic thing happened this past week, it was National School Bus Safety Week. Unlike the movie in which the date October 21, 2015 happens only once, #NSBSW happens every year during the third week of October. This National public education program is designed to promote school bus safety.

In the early 1990’s, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (www.napt.org), the National School Transportation Association (www.schooltrans.com) and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (www.nasdpts.org) joined forces to form the National School Bus Safety Week Committee and coordinate School Bus Safety Week activities throughout the country.

One of the highlights of #NSBSW is the annual poster contest. This contest is for students in grades K-8 who are enrolled in a public, parochial, or private elementary school. Contestants can win prizes up to $1000 in value. The 2016 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest theme is: "# STOP ON RED!" Students should draw the "# STOP ON RED!" theme anytime between September 2015 and September 2016 for the 2016 contest.

2016 Poster Contest rules

We never really know what the future holds. School buses have changed a lot since 1989. We now have doors that open with the push of a button, GPS, and red flashing LED lights - but one thing has not changed - the importance of keeping safe the [i]more than 25 million schoolchildren who ride more than 480,000 school buses each day.

[i] http://www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org/#sthash.cfgI0edY.dpuf