Jasmine comes top in Stagecoach bus poster design competition

Winner Jasmine Burley (centre) with runners-up Louise Meadows (left) and Ellie Glazier (right) with (from top left) class teacher Natalie Rankin, Stagecoach's Rachel Geliamassi and headteacher Charles Lindsay
Winner Jasmine Burley (centre) with runners-up Louise Meadows (left) and Ellie Glazier (right) with (from top left) class teacher Natalie Rankin, Stagecoach's Rachel Geliamassi and headteacher Charles Lindsay

PUPILS from Sandown School took part in a bus company’s annual competition to design posters with environmental messages.

Year four children from the school entered the contest as part of Stagecoach’s Green Week.

It was won by nine-year-old Jasmine Burley.

Her design, which reminds people that it would take around 30 cars to carry the same number of travellers as a full bus, was voted the best by management and staff at the Hastings bus depot in Silverhill.

Louise Meadows and Ellie Glazier, also aged nine, were voted the runners-up and all three attended a presentation ceremony to receive gift vouchers.

Jasmine was able to see her poster created as vinyls, which will be displayed for passengers to view inside 130 buses.

Rachel Geliamassi, Stagecoach’s operations manager, congratulated the winners, as well as the school’s headteacher, Charles Lindsay, and class teacher and school eco co-ordinator Natalie Rankin, for a high standard of entries.

Rachel said: “Our team had a difficult time judging to find the winner and runners-up entries. We were very impressed with the creativity of both the writing and designs that demonstrate our commitment to offering motorists a greener, smarter and better value travel option through our network of affordable and high quality bus, coach and rail services.”

Stagecoach’s annual Green Week aims to raise awareness of environmental issues among staff and passengers through a series of events. It is currently in the third year of a five-year plan to reduce its own carbon footprint as a business.