Washoe County School District K-12 Students Showcase Creativity in New Taxi-Tops

Reno, Nev. (May 8, 2018) – Today the EDAWN Foundation and the Washoe County School District (WCSD) announced the winning schools in the 4th Annual Taxi-Top Design Competition. North Valleys High School, Depoali Middle School, and Jesse Hall Elementary School. Each school received a check for $1,000 that will be used to purchase classroom art supplies. Winners were selected from over sixty entries, the largest number received for the competition since its inception. Students, teachers, family, and community guests attended the award ceremony held at the Washoe County School District Administration building in Reno.


Students were asked to create a taxi-top design representing “why Greater Reno-Sparks region and Northern Nevada is a great place to live, work and play”. Winning designs will be displayed on Whittlesea taxis for a year. One winner was selected from each K-12 school level for high school, middle school, and elementary.


Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this year’s competition and a special recognition to the following winning schools.


North Valleys High School

• A bold depiction of a beautiful autumn day in the Reno area set within a dramatic back-drop of the majestic hills, the cityscape and the “Great Reno Balloon Race” emerging from the clouds.



NVHS winner










Depoali Middle School

• A cheerful story of Northern Nevada juxtaposed with an elaborate mix of elements that describe family-fun activities found in our region. This happy snowboarder seems to be seeking out his next adventure in town and will no doubt find it.



Depoali winner









Jesse Hall Elementary School

• Truly a love of the outdoors and nature, our state blue bird guides us on a picturesque, morning tour of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, lakes, and forests. Bright colors reflect another beautiful day in a place we call home.


Jesse Hall winner








“We are excited to participate in this great campaign sponsored by the EDAWN Foundation,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “We are very proud that our students’ artwork will be displayed throughout our area on taxicabs. So many of our students are talented and artistic, and this is a great way to honor and acknowledge their gifts and talents. My thanks to EDAWN for supporting our students and staff year after year.”


“The selection committee really enjoyed reviewing this year’s beautiful entries for the Taxi Top campaign” said Mercedes De La Garza member of the EDAWN Foundation. “The submittals were so creative and strikingly reflected the things we love about the Reno-Tahoe area! The EDAWN Foundation Board sends a big thank you to Washoe County School District and their many art teachers for their support of the Arts and for encouraging their students to appreciate the art we live within.”


With a record number of entries submitted this year, there are still many wonderful designs available for a taxi-top. If you would like to sponsor any of these designs please contact Rae McElroy at EDAWN for details.


About the EDAWN Foundation: The EDAWN Foundation is a private, non-profit 501c3, founded by the EDAWN Board to educate visitors, businesses and local citizens about economic advancement, growth and regional economic development opportunities. For more information, or to support the taxi-top campaign visit www.edawn.org. Contact: Rae McElroy, mcelroy@edawn.org, 775.829.3727


About Washoe County School District: The Washoe County School District includes the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, Incline Village, Gerlach, and Wadsworth, Nevada. The District provides each of its 64,000 studentswith a superior education in a safe and challenging environment and is committed to graduate every child career and college ready. For more information visit: www.washoeschools.net. Follow us on Twitter at @WCSDTweet.