KY: TARC Kid's Bus Contest Focuses on Compassion

Dec. 1, 2011

The city of Louisville issued the following news release:

TARC and Louisville Metro are partnering for the 13th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus contest. This year's theme is "Helping Others - Creating a Compassionate City" and seeks to build on Mayor Greg Fischer's goal of making Louisville an even more compassionate city. Louisville was recently designated an International Compassionate City - the largest city in America with that distinction.

"TARC is committed to helping Louisville achieve its goal of becoming a compassionate city by giving residents dependable, affordable public transportation," Executive Director J. Barry Barker said.

The Design-a-Bus contest is open to all elementary and middle school students in Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt counties in Kentucky and Floyd and Clark counties in southern Indiana. Twelve winners will be chosen to have their posters displayed on the Kids Salute TARC bus and will be invited to a special party hosted by TARC in the spring, where they will also receive prizes donated by local businesses. Artwork becomes the property of TARC.

Students are encouraged to create posters depicting what they believe makes Greater Louisville a compassionate and caring place to live. Some potential ideas might include picking up litter, helping a friend or younger sibling with homework, or making a friendly visit to an elderly neighbor. Another theme could be Louisville's "Give A Day" week of volunteer service scheduled for April 15-22, 2012.

In the past, the Design-a-Bus competition has focused on bicycle and pedestrian safety, "Going Green," the history of public transportation in Louisville and other themes. This year's theme focuses on the spirit of volunteerism, being a good neighbor and a respectable member of the community.

"Children can have a better idea of what being compassionate and helpful means than adults do," Fischer said. "It's going to be really fun to see their thoughts and ideas expressed through this competition and on one of TARC's buses."

The entries should be done in marker, crayon or paint and submitted on 11-by-17 white paper, or digitally through a JPEG or PDF file. Entries will be judged on visual appeal, creativity, originality and message. This year's entry deadline is Friday, February 17, 2012.

Entry forms must be attached to hard or digital copies. For copies of entry forms, visit www.ridetarc.orgor e-mail Jon Reiter [email protected], or Jessica Holman at [email protected] copies of entries with forms attached can also be sent to Jon and Jessica. Paper entries should be sent to TARC, c/o Marketing Department., 1000 W. Broadway, Louisville, Ky. 40203 For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor [email protected]

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