Students Honored for Work Zone Safety Poster Competition
Avoid distractions. Somebody needs you!” Hritvi Mahajan, a third grade student at Orchard View Elementary, incorporated this powerful warning in to her winning entry for the first annual Work Zone Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Kent County Road Commission(KCRC)and the Kentwood Public Works Department. For the contest, third grade students from throughout Kent County were invited to design caution signs promoting safe driving habits through a work zone.
“It is critical to the safety of motorists and our workers, alike,that extra caution is taken when driving through work zones. We want to instill these values early so that good habits become second nature by the time these students are ready to drive,” said Steve Warren, managing director of Kent County Road Commission.
To assist teachers, an online work zone safety resource folder was created,which included a letter to families explaining the contest, a three-minute work zone safety video, and a hand-out identifying the American Society of Safety Engineers’ safety tips for driving through a work zone.
Student submissions were judged on creativity, originality, and their ability to strongly convey a message. Out of 54 submissions received, four winning entries were selected:
Teacher: Kim Rockwell
St. Patrick Parnell
Teacher: Elizabeth D’Aurora
Orchard View Elementary
Teacher: Angie Wagaman
Teacher: Linnea Hurley
A display exhibiting all of the contest’s entries was showcased at the 2017 APWA Family Event on May 17 at the Kentwood Public Works building, where two of the winners, Hritvi and Faith, were present to receive their awards. Every contestant received a certificate of appreciation for participating in the competition and the winners received their design replicated on a 10x10 aluminum sign,along with a KCRC sweatshirt.The four winning entries were also transferred onto 18x18 aluminum signs and will be displayed at local events by KCRC to promote work zone safety. “Community support is crucial to the work that we do and to the safety of our motorists and workers. We applaud our newest ‘safety advocates’ for helping us spread the word and sharing important tips for driving through a work zone,”said Warren.