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Making today's young people aware of other ways that are available for getting around, and that the car is not needed everyday to go everywhere every time, is very important to a high quality livable future in Delaware. To reach this goal, each year DART First State invites students to participate in its annual statewide poster contest and apply their artistic talents to transit related themes that illustrate how riding transit benefits our quality of life.

The statewide poster contest is open to public and private schools, as well as after-school programs. Students must be in Grades 4 through 8. The program is held from January, when the contest theme is publicly announced, to April when the chosen artists are recognized for their artistic efforts. DART First State judges the entries for originality, theme presentation, and artistic quality. First prizewinners are chosen from each grade along with a Grand Prize winner each year, and receive awards from DART First State along with several prizes from its media business partners.

2004 Winners

Educators, art teachers, and student supervisors/mentors are encouraged to use the poster transit theme in curriculum and classroom work, and to exhibit all the contest poster entries throughout the school as an acknowledgement to the student artists. Posting the artwork educates all students about the benefits of public transit and how riding the bus or train, carpooling, or cycling reduces traffic congestion and air pollution.

By educating today's students about transportation options available to them as they grow into adulthood and become tomorrow's leaders, workers, and homemakers, we are investing in a better quality of life and a more livable Delaware.

Grade 4: Erika Bailey, Grand Prize Winner
Cedar Lane Elementary. Teacher: Mrs. Daniel
Grade 4: Erika Bailey, Grand Prize Winner
Grade 5: Justin Lockard
Cedar Lane Elementary. Teacher: Mrs. Miller
Grade 5: Justin Lockard
Grade 6: Brad Whitney
Campus Community School. Teacher: Mrs. Boland
Grade 6: Brad Whitney
Grade 7: Tyron Russell
Sharon Temple Jr. Academy. Teacher: Mrs. Perry
Grade 7: Tyron Russell
Grade 8: Cherrelle Robinson
Sharon Temple Jr. Academy. Teacher: Mr. Howell
Grade 8:  Tyrell Reid