ODOT looking for area schools to participate in creative outreach program

District 11 to kick off Paint a Plow Program next fall
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, April 30, 2014)With this year’s winter season finally over but still very memorable, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is asking area schools to consider participating in a creative outreach program next year to promote public safety called “Paint a Plow.”
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “In an effort to make the public more aware of ODOT and promote safety, we would like to extend this already successful, creative community outreach program with schools in other parts of the state to our region. Schools or specific classes can participate by painting one of our plow blades used in snow and ice removal, to promote safety, their respective school district, or even display a winter theme.”
ODOT is seeking interested schools or classes before this school year draws to a close, so it can deliver the plow blades to be painted in September shortly after the new school year resumes.
The winning blade from each of District 11’s seven counties (Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, and Tuscarawas) will be featured and displayed at each county’s Winter Readiness Event with the media in the fall. In addition, blades may be featured in local Christmas parades, and all seven winning blades will be featured in a Facebook contest for the public to vote and determine eastern Ohio’s best blade.
MacAdam said, “We believe this will be an amazing opportunity to promote the creative talent of our area students, a terrific learning experience, and will help make the traveling public more aware of ODOT.”
Interested schools can get an application by visiting ODOT’s Paint A Plow link on its Web site at www.transportation.ohio.gov/dist11, or contact Amanda Phillips at (330) 308-3906.
Paintings must be tasteful, non-partisan, and non-political, and ODOT cannot provide financial support for supplies or travel expenses connected with this program. However, ODOT will supply, deliver, and pick up the plow blades.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us