Justin Kim, a sixth-grader at Hinsdale Middle School, was a first-place winner in the 2013 edition of Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest, designed to promote and reinforce railroad safety messages and keep children safe around trains.
Hundreds of students from across the six-county region participated by creating artwork or writing essays around the theme Take Care, Be Aware, Look Listen Live.
Each year, Metra’s Safety Contest invites students in kindergarten through high school throughout its six-county service area to submit poster designs and essays highlighting the importance of railroad safety. Tasked with selecting the winners were a panel of 20 judges, including government officials, representatives from safety and education advocacy groups, business and community leaders, media and railroad professionals.
First-, second- and third-place winners were chosen from each grade level for the Metra Safety Poster Contest. One winner from each grade group – elementary school, middle school and high school – was chosen for the Safety Essay Contest. First-place poster and essay contest winners receive an iPad, while second- and third-place poster contest winners receive $250 and $100 gift cards, respectively.
The first-place poster designs will be printed and distributed to more than 2,000 schools in northeast Illinois. The posters will also be featured in station displays, in Metra’s 2014 safety calendar, on monthly tickets and on the Metra website. Winning safety essays will also be featured in the safety calendar, the Metra website and Facebook page. The second and third place posters will also be featured on the contest’s Facebook page.
Information about the campaign, along with all of the Safety Contest winners, is available at www.metrarail.com and www.facebook.com/MetraContest.