Young artists across Idaho trained their crayons, markers and pencils on important highway safety messages for ITD’s 2010 Highway Safety Kids Calendar. ITD’s Office of Highway Operations and Safety produces the full-color calendar each year. It features drawings related to highway safety that are submitted by teachers of kindergarten through sixth grade students statewide.
Winning entries came from Kellogg, Harrison, Lapwai, Weippe, Cottonwood, Lewiston, Boise, Mountain Home, Dietrich, Malta, Pocatello, Soda Springs and Rexburg.
Each year the calendar is dedicated to individuals who work to save lives and prevent injuries on Idaho’s roadways. The 2010 calendar is dedicated to Gary Rose, a 25-year veteran Idaho Falls firefighter who has served on the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission since the early 1990s. His wife Joanne also is a champion of traffic safety.
“Gary knows the reality of what happens when a seat belt is not worn,” the calendar introduction states. “He is committed to talking about wearing a seat belt every time and by everyone who drives or rides in a vehicle.”
The Roses spoke before the Idaho Legislature on adopting a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program that now allows teenagers to practice driving with an experienced adult driver for six months before receiving full driving privileges.
Calendar artists ranged from kindergarten through sixth grade. Safe driving themes were divided among grade levels: grades K-2, seat belts, child safety seats or school zone safety; grades 3-4, bicycle safety, aggressive or distracted driving; and grades 5-6, impaired driving, seat belts or work zone safety.
The calendar is displayed in a monthly format. For each month, the winning student’s first name and photograph are printed next to his or her winning artwork, along with their grade and school location. The calendar also includes a drawing on the cover and inside cover.
Each student receives a custom-made calendar frame in which to display the art. The calendars are distributed to Idaho elementary schools and law enforcement agencies.
Calendars are available to the public in limited supply. For more information, contact Margaret Goertz with ITD’s Office of Highway Operations and Safety at Margaret.Goertz@itd.idaho.gov
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Following are the students whose art was selected for the 2010 Highway Safety Kids Calendar and the schools and cities represented.
FRONT COVER: Miranda Lybyer, (Grade 6) Webster Elementary School, Lewiston