SamTrans Invites Students to Enter Annual Art Contest

SamTrans Invites Students to Enter Annual Art Contest

San Mateo County elementary school students are invited to enter the annual SamTrans art competition, Art Takes a Bus Ride. The theme for the contest, which is co-sponsored by the San Mateo County Office of Education, is "Postcards from SamTrans."

Young artists are encouraged to imagine themselves as tourists riding SamTrans and visiting fun destinations along the Peninsula and then sending a postcard to friends and family showing them what they did. The winning entries will illustrate SamTrans buses traveling to popular destinations in San Mateo County. A variety of media, including water color, acrylic, crayon and collage, can be used.

A total of six designs will be selected from the student submissions, with two winners from each grade division – grades1-2; 3-4; and 5-6. The artists' winning entries will be featured on adcards inside SamTrans buses, and on the special SamTrans Art Bus, which is "wrapped" in the colorful art work of the artists.

Applications and contest rules are available on the SamTrans website. San Mateo County teachers interested in more information and how to submit student entries, can call Marilyn Canadas, San Mateo County Office of Education, at 650-802-5338. Deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m. Please do not submit entries directly to the San Mateo County Transit District.

Last year, six winning designs were selected from 400 entries submitted by San Mateo County students. The grand prize-winning entry was submitted by Anita Lam, a fifth grader at Foster City Elementary in Foster City. Lam used cartoon-style "word balloons" to show each rider's destination on her SamTrans bus.

On a typical weekday, nearly 12,000 young people ride SamTrans buses, more than 25 percent of the District's total ridership. In addition to a discounted youth fare, tokens and Monthly Youth pass, the District also encourages young people to ride the bus by offering a deeply discounted Summer Youth Pass for riders 17 years old and younger. Students now have the option to board using cash or pass loaded onto a Clipper card.

Media Contact: Christine Dunn, 650-508-6238