5th Graders Honored in National Transportation Week Art Competition

May 29, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – May 29, 2009 – The S. C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) named (86) eighty-six 5th graders as winners in a statewide National Transportation Week Poster Contest.  Braylen Cumbee, from Batesburg/Leesville Elementary, received 3rd Place honors for Lexington County.

SCDOT presented the awards at its 5th Annual National Transportation Week Poster Contest Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 15, 2008 in Columbia.  The annual event is hosted by SCDOT to recognize the 5th graders for their participation in the poster contest.

During the ceremony, the students were honored as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place winners in their respective counties.  In addition, 7 Highway District Winners and the State Winner were announced.  Two of the 86 5th graders, who won first and second place in the National Transportation Week Art Competition also, were recognized.

The theme for this year’s poster contest was “One Nation On The Move.” More than 1,100 5th grade students from across the state participated in the contest. Teachers were encouraged to not only ask students to express their ideas in a picture, but to discuss the myriad of possibilities for transportation-related careers and how transportation affects everyone’s life.

National Transportation Week (May 11-17) provides an opportunity for the transportation community to join together for greater awareness about the importance of transportation and to focus on making youth aware of transportation-related careers.

The SC Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration – SC Division Office, and the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads (SCFOR) co-sponsored the local competition. 

SCDOT Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration Debra Rountree, FHWA SC Division Administrator Bob Lee, SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads Executive Director Debbie Bass, FHWA Office of Professional and Corporate Development Associate Administrator Joe Toole spoke at the ceremony.