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Chimo ES Safety in Art Contest
Chimo ES Safety in Art Contest
Posted on 03/23/2016

Safety in Art Contest Winners Announced by Chimo Elementary School

By Mark Calder

(Smiths Falls) – The Chimo School Travel Planning Committee recently announced the winners of its first Safety in Art Contest, said Committee Spokesman Karen Donovan.

The contest was held to raise awareness among Chimo Elementary School  students and parents about safe travel practices, and to encourage students to be more active by walking to school, said Donovan. Students were challenged to create posters designed around three basic themes: Stop, Look and Listen; Use the Crosswalks; and Safety in Numbers.

“We had some amazing art developed,” said Donovan. “And we’re extremely proud of the quality of work from all the students – not just the winners. Close to 70 students participated.

“We hope by the increased exposure to these important messages that students will travel safely within our community and be more aware of the importance of being safe. It starts with them.”

The three winning students, and their designs, are:

· Emma Renaud for “Safety in Numbers – Travel in Groups”

· Kayleigh Snyder for “Use Crosswalks”

· Ella Ferguson for “Safety in Numbers”

All artwork from the contest is on display at the school’s Learning Commons. Metal signs featuring the winning designs will soon be presented to town council and mounted in areas close to the school.

The Chimo School Travel Planning Committee was formed two years ago as a partnership between the board, school, town council, Smiths Falls Police and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. The goal is to encourage more students to walk or cycle to school along safe routes to improve health and physical fitness. The committee has hosted special events such as Walking Wednesday which encouraged as many students as possible to walk to school.

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