OSTA Safety Poster and Essay Competition

Last Updated on: 24th April 2020, 08:48 pm

OSTA Safety Poster and Writing Competition – Terms and Conditions (as of March 30, 2020)

  1. This poster and writing competition relates to safety themes for:
    1. School Active Transportation (SAT) – Walking and Rolling to School
    2. School Bus and Public Transit Safety
  2. All OCDSB and OCSB students are welcome to participate.
  3. The student’s first name only, and grade, should be on the front of the work.
  4. OSTA may post online, reproduce or otherwise use the winning artwork and written submissions in any way it deems fit.
  5. Submissions will be accepted in the following electronic formats:
    1. Clear photo of art submission posted on OSTA’s Facebook page
    2. Scan or photo of art submission sent as an attachment to OSTA’s email: [email protected]
    3. Written submission using OSTA’s form
  6. Students may submit multiple submissions in their grade categories, for any themes.
  7. OSTA’s panel of judges will include: OSTA Safety Team and EnviroCentre School Active Transportation Planning Team
  8. Winning submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:
    1. Creativity and originality
    2. Clarity of message
    3. Correct spelling and grammatical structure
    4. Following the terms and conditions
  9. The deadline for submissions is : April 30, 2020.
  10. OSTA will post the winning submissions on OSTA’s website by May 15, 2020. The owners of the winning submission must then email OSTA the student’s full name, grade, school of attendance, and home address and phone number to: [email protected]. OSTA reserves the right to verify the ownership of the artwork with the parent/guardian or teacher of the student.


Any medium and size is acceptable for the art competition.  This includes (and is not limited to):

  1. Plain paper, poster board or construction paper
  2. Pencil, crayons, colouring pencils, markers, paint, chalk
  3. Collage using construction paper, magazine cut-outs, other interesting items
  4. Digital photography, designs, other free or purchased online graphics and photos


Written submissions may be in essay, poem or story format and must be submitted using the OSTA form.

Instructions for Posting to OSTA’s Facebook Page

To post a photo to OSTA’s timeline:

  1. Go to the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority’s main page.
  2. Scroll down to the timeline
  3. Tap Photo.
  4. Tap Add Photo and select a photo.
  5. Tap Preview to write a message with the photo.
  6. Tap Post.



Grade Competition Winner Prize Themes
KG-3 Poster – SAT Draw for $25 What I see when I walk/roll to school
4-6 Poster – SAT $25 Walking/rolling to school with friends
7-8 Poster – SAT $50 Pedestrian safety at the crosswalk
9-12 Poster – SAT $100 Traffic safety around the school site
Say no to distracted driving
KG-3 Essay/Poem/Story – SAT Draw for $25 75 words-
I love walking/rolling to school because….
I love riding my bike to school because…
I love riding my scooter to school because…
4-6 Essay/Poem/Story – SAT $25 150 words –
When I walk/roll to school, I…
When I bike to school, I…
When I scooter to school, I…
7-8 Essay/Poem/Story – SAT $50 250 words – Why I like walking/rolling or riding my bike to school
9-12 Essay/Poem/Story – SAT $100 500 words – Convince parents to let their children walk to school.
KG-3 Poster – Bus Draw for $25 Draw one school bus safety rule
4-6 Poster – Bus $25 Draw one school bus safety rule
7-8 Poster – Bus $50 No vaping on the bus
Stop bullying on the bus
9-12 Poster – Bus $100 Kindness and Cooperation on the bus
Stop bullying on the bus
KG-3 Essay/Poem/Story – Bus Draw for $25 75 words – If I was a Bus Driver, I would…
4-6 Essay/Poem/Story – Bus $25 150 words – If I was a Bus Driver, I would…
7-8 Essay/Poem/Story – Bus $50 250 words – How I can help stop bullying on the bus
250 words – What “sustainable transportation” means to me
9-12 Essay/Poem/Story – Bus $100 500 words – Why “sustainable transportation” is important for our environment