Four Santa Monica Big Blue Buses have become rolling showcases for artwork by local students who were awarded grand prizes in a city-sponsored sustainability poster contest. The competition is held each year to coincide with a variety of Earth Day activities around the city.

The grand prize-winning artwork is currently on display on four Big Blue Bus exteriors, which will remain up throughout the next month. Two runners-up from each of the four age groups also have their artwork displayed on the interiors of the same buses.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Go Green, Ride Blue: What does sustainable transit mean to you?” Sponsored by the city’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, the Big Blue Bus and Sustainable Works, the contest was open to all kindergarten through 12th grade students who live or attend school in Santa Monica.

The grand prize winners are Nell Kerndt from Edison Language Academy, Gigi Grossman from Roosevelt Elementary School, Shayan Chetty from Lincoln Middle School and Chelsea Palmer from Santa Monica High School.

“Helping kids of all ages become more aware of public transportation and its significance to sustainability is an important goal for us,” said Dan Dawson, customer relations manager for the Big Blue Bus. “I know the contest winners and their families must be thrilled seeing their posters on so many buses around town.”

The poster contest is held each year to raise awareness of Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan, which was created to protect the natural environment, prevent harm to human health, enhance resources, and benefit the social and economic well-being of the community for current and future generations.

In addition to the grand prize and runner-up entries, all student artworks submitted for the competition were displayed at a May 13th event when the winners were announced.

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