Elementary school students from throughout Idaho this fall dedicated their crayons, colored pencils, markers and talent to ITD’s campaign for highway safety.
The best of their artwork is included in the transportation department’s 2008 Highway Safety Kids’ calendar.
The calendar features the products of the top 14 winners chosen from entries submitted by teachers of kindergarten through sixth grades from across the state, according to Margaret Goertz, of ITD's Office of Highway Operations and Safety.
"We asked students to show traffic safety through artwork and a message," Goertz said.
Winning entries came from Coeur d'Alene, Lapwai, Weippe, Kuna, Glenns Ferry, Caldwell, Mountain Home, Dietrich, Filer, Burley, Paris, Pocatello and Idaho Falls.
Each year the calendar focuses on people who work to save lives and prevent injuries on highways. The 2008 calendar is dedicated to Jared Olson, Idaho's first Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor.
"Jared is an important connection between prosecutors, judges, law enforcement and our office in the fight against traffic safety violations," Goertz said.
Safe driving themes were divided among grade levels:
The calendar is produced in a monthly format. For each month, the winning student's name and photograph are printed on the calendar next to his or her artwork, along with their grade, school name and location.
Students will receive a custom-made calendar frame in which to display their creations. The calendars are distributed to elementary schools and law enforcement agencies throughout Idaho.
Calendars also are available to the public in limited supply. For more information, contact Goertz at (208) 334-8104.
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(Top) Rikki Spencer of Timberline School in Weippe with (back row) Rob Massey, Lewiston Police Department; Rea Dobson, Rikki's teacher at Timberline; Sgt. Ted Pinche', law enforcement liaison for the Office of Highway Operations and Safety; Paula Hornback of the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission and Director of the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center emergency department (Lewiston); and Ron Anthony, Principal, Timberline School.
(Middle) Kalela Reuben, Lapwai Elementary School
(Bottom) Connie Wills, Glenns Ferry Elementary School with student Alfredo Garcia and Kyle Wills, law enforcement liaison for the Office of Highway Operations and Safety.