Painted Plows On Parade This Memorial Day
Ironton, Symmes Valley plows on display during annual event!
Chillicothe (Friday, May 27, 2016) – Enhancing awareness, promoting safety. These are but two important initiatives of the Ohio Department of Transportation, and they go hand-in-hand with the department’s creative community outreach program called “Paint the Plow.”
Now in its third year in ODOT District 9, Paint the Plow is a program in which area students are invited to paint an ODOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their individual school. The program, which runs April through October, is open to all high schools and career-technical schools in the district’s eight-county region, and projects most typically are under the direction of the individual school’s art faculty or department.
In Lawrence County, entries this year include Symmes Valley High School, painted by students in the school’s art department, as well as Ironton High School, which was painted by STAR Community Justice Center as part of a community service program to recognize the high school girls basketball team for as a Division III semi-finalist in the state basketball tournament.
“We have found the Paint the Plow program to be a great opportunity to help make motorists more aware of ODOT, and while promoting the talent of our area’s young people, it provides a terrific learning experience as well,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson.
In addition to being visible when in full service during the winter-weather months, the blades are displayed at events within communities not only to increase public awareness, but also to promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both ODOT and the local art programs.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio