Two Wayne County Students’ Artwork To Appear In National Work Zone Safety Calendar

November 18, 2004

Charleston, W.Va - Two Wayne County students will have their artwork appear in a 2005 calendar promoting traffic safety in work-zone areas. The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation sponsored a national poster contest that was open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade.  

Makala Gilkerson, a student at Prichard Elementary, placed second in the K-3 category, and Jarred Brown, a student at Kenova Elementary, received honorable mention in the grades 4-6 category. Both students’ artwork will appear in the 2005 Work Zone Safety Calendar, produced by the American Traffic Safety Services Association.  

Students were asked to design their posters to reflect the view from the road. They were also asked to include key actions drivers and passengers can take to protect lives in work zones including: • Slowing down to posted speeds; • Unplugging cell phones; and • Merging as soon as instructed.  

Each year, more than 900 people lose their lives in work zone accidents -- most of them drivers. Students were encouraged to take time to recognize the importance of the maintenance workers and the roles they play.

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