“We have a Bartow County school bus rodeo every year and we do fundraisers to raise money so our drivers [can] do a course for skills to see who is the best,” Transportation Supervisor Wendy Carringer said, adding each year students participate in a shirt design contest, in which the winning shirt will be sold as a fundraiser.
The first- and second-place winners locally will go on to compete in the annual Georgia State Bus Road-e-o.
“It took two days and I just put my effort into it,” Gonzalez said of the design, which depicts a bus with cow-like horns leaving the school bus barn, located on Joe Frank Harris Parkway near Firetower Road.
When asked about how it felt to be selected as the winner of the art contest, and to win $50 for his efforts, Gonzalez said, “It feels great.”
Although Gonzalez doesn’t take art classes at SCMS, he said he takes classes outside of school and works with his father on his art.
“It is important we promote bus safety, you see a lot of things in the press and things go on in schools and buses, so it’s very important students [understand] bus safety because it can be a serious thing,” Principal Donald Rucker said. “Brandon did a great job.”