Safe Fleet Announces the United Against Bullying Grant and Coloring Contest Winners

BELTON, MO (November 10, 2015) – Safe Fleet revealed the winners of the 2015 United Against Bullying Grant and Coloring Contest at the annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show in Richmond, VA.

Grant review began August 1 and closed October 15, 2015. During this time, Safe Fleet and its subsidiaries received over 65 applications from school transportation departments/districts from across the United States and Canada. The applications contained a proposed education plan to reward positive student behavior, support emotionally distressed students, train bus drivers to prevent bullying, and teach empathy and compassion within the classroom.

“We thank all school districts who applied for the grant. Their submissions included some amazing ideas for building a safer environment for children,” says John R. Knox, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. “We were impressed by so many inspiring anti-bullying programs and are happy to provide some tools and funds to support their efforts.”

The 2015 Anti-Bullying Grant recipients (alpha order by district name):

  • Elkhart Community Schools, Elkhart, IN
  • Flowing Wells Unified School District, Tucson, AZ
  • Glendale Elementary School District No.40, Glendale, AZ
  • Isle of Wight County Schools, Smithfield, VA
  • Luther L Wright K12 School, Ironwood, MI
  • Marietta City Schools, Marietta, GA
  • Minnesauke Elementary School, Three Village Central School District, East Setauket, NY
  • Nevada Department of Education, Las Vegas, NV
  • Orangewood Elementary School, Bakersfield, CA
  • Portland Public Schools, Portland, OR
  • Pottsville School District, Pottsville, AR
  • Puget Sound ESD, Pacific, WA
  • School of Excellence in Education, San Antonio, TX
  • Southern Huntingdon County School District, Three Springs, PA
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Spotsylvania, Virginia
  • Yuma Union High School, Yuma, AZ

In conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month, Safe Fleet held Part 2 of their annual Coloring Contest. The competition was a great success with over 2,000 submitted entries. The company is hopeful that students and community members will continue working on their own initiatives to eliminate bullying.

Based on creativity, coloring skill, and overall artistic abilities, Safe Fleet’s anti-bullying committee selected winners in three age categories:

  • 5–7 years old –  Ricardo Alanis, 7 years old, from Desert View Academy, Arizona
  • 8–10 years old – Lilliana Dawson, 8 years old, from Osolo Elementary, Indiana
  • 11 and older – Caitlin Tynanes, 12 years old, from Kapolei Middle School, Hawaii
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“Our entire team was inspired by the students’ creativity; there is so much positive energy and heart in each work!” says Bob Parks, Vice President Human Resources at Safe Fleet. “The coloring contest brought together educators, children, and parents to talk about bullying prevention. We congratulate the winners and thank all the participants for their hard work!”

Each winner will receive an anti-bullying stuffed teddy bear and official anti-bullying medal. In addition to these prizes, Safe Fleet will award each winner’s school with a Bully Project DVD and Educator’s Kit, as well as a $500 donation towards anti-bullying education.

Detailed information about the grant and the coloring contest can be found on the United Against Bullying program web site:

About Safe Fleet
Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve five major markets including: emergency services, bus and rail, commercial vehicle (work truck), as well as industrial.  With 1,000 employees, the Safe Fleet family of brands operates over 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet please visit

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For more information about this release please contact:

Lori Jetha
Marketing Manager, Seon (a Safe Fleet Brand)