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Work Zone Safety Poster Contest

Work Zone Safety Poster Contest

Feb 15, 2018 Press Releases

In support of National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) running April 9-13, the Kent County Road Commission and Kentwood Public Works Department invite third-grade students in Kent County to participate in the second-annual Work Zone Safety Poster Contest and help spread the message that Work Zone Safety Is Everybody’s Responsibility.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season. This year’s theme, “Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility,” reminds drivers that we all play a role in maintaining safety during construction season. For motorists, this means using caution and care when driving through work zones.

For the poster contest, third-grade students are asked to design a “caution sign” that focuses on one of the following safety tips for driving through a work zone:

  • Avoid distractions. Dedicate your full attention to driving. Avoid using a phone or changing the radio station.
  • Pay attention to directions. Follow directions from work zone flaggers and pay attention to warnings posted on work zone signs.
  • Keep an eye out. Watch for construction workers and their equipment. Also, stay alert to the vehicles around you.

    2017 Poster Contest Winners
    2017 Poster Contest Winners
    2017 Poster Contest Winners

    2017 Contest Winners: (top row, left to right) Faith Rogers, Appleview Elementary; Adeline Bender, Beach Elementary; (bottom row, left to right) Maria Huston, Saint Patrick Parnell; and Hritvi Mahajan, Orchard View Elementary

Students may use crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens and/or pencils to create their design. Posters (i.e. caution signs) will be judged on creativity, originality, and their ability to strongly convey a message.

Submission deadline is Thursday, March 29: Educators will collect submissions from their students and submit the entries to the Kent County Road Commission, as directed.

The LINK, above, provides classroom resources, outreach materials and necessary entry forms

Families may also participate directly. For more information, email us here:

Three posters will be selected as winners and schools will be notified during National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, 2018.

  • Contest winners will receive a special prize and metal replica of their sign
  • Each student participant will receive a certificate of appreciation
  • All contest submissions will be exhibited at the 2018 National Public Works Week Family Event on May 16

We look forward to your child’s participation that will help to spread the word that Work Zone Safety Is Everybody’s Responsibility!