ODOT DISTRICT 1 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ANNUAL PAINT THE PLOW COMPETITION
High schools in eight northwest Ohio counties are eligible
Art Connections in Carey was declared the overall ODOT choice winner last year.
LIMA, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2019) - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 is now accepting applications for this year’s Paint the Plow program through Friday, March 15, from high schools and vocational school groups within its eight-county region, including Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
The Paint the Plow program allows students to paint an ODOT snowplow blade with a message of school spirit, Ohio pride, patriotism or safety. The decorated blades are displayed at local community events before being used in regular winter operations. In ODOT District 1, the contest has been held annually since 2014.
“We share the appreciation for local schools’ art programs and try to display the painted plow blades near the schools that painted them,” said Kirk Slusher, deputy director of ODOT District 1. “And with 3,200 lane miles to maintain districtwide, we’re able to share students’ talents with a wide audience, especially during the winter season.”
Plow blades will be dropped off to participating schools during the week of March 25 and picked up by April 30. Winners will be announced prior to Memorial Day via the media and social media.
Last year, Art Connections in Carey won the overall ODOT choice title, while Apollo Career Center in Lima took the people’s choice award, which was determined based on Facebook votes. The same award categories will return this year.
Printed applications are being distributed to all eligible schools this week. Those who would like to receive an application electronically may do so by contacting ODOT District 1’s public information office at 419-999-6803 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A school administrator must approve of participation and sign the application.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.