Paint the Plow Voting Open Now - Sunday!
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 5 invites the public to vote on eight plows decorated by Monroe County school students as part of the “Paint the Plow” program.
“Paint the Plow” is a statewide outreach aimed at promoting winter driving safety and fostering appreciation for high school art programs and student creativity.
Earlier this year, PennDOT invited Monroe County high school students to paint plow blades based on the statewide theme “Don’t Rush in Ice and Slush.” The theme was chosen to draw attention to the need for motorists to give themselves ample time for travel during wintry weather in order to arrive safely to their destination.
Students from Pocono Mountain East High School, Pocono Mountain West High School, JM Hill Elementary School, JT Lambert Intermediate, East Stroudsburg North High School, Stroudsburg High School, Monsignor McHugh School participated.
A new voting format has been introduced for the 2019 “Paint the Plow” program. Members of the public can vote for their favorite plow through the PennDOT website. Voters will be taken to a survey site where they can pick their favorite plow.
The plow photo that receives the most votes between October 28, 2018 and November 3, 2019 will be deemed the “Fan Favorite.”
Schools and participants are encouraged to share the link to the contest to promote voting. PennDOT will also post the pictures on Facebook in the album labeled 2019 Paint the Plow - Monroe County, however responses on social media will not count toward the voting totals this year.
The plows were unveiled last week at PennDOT’s Monroe County Maintenance office and have been on display at the facility. During the winter weather season, the blades will be used to maintain area roadways. Along with the “Fan Favorite” award, the blades are also eligible for the “Judges’ Pick” honor that will be determined by PennDOT personnel. PennDOT’s Paint the Plow Program began during the 2015-2016 winter season when it was first offered in Cambria County. In the years that followed, the program has expanded throughout the state and now is now offered in almost every county. The Paint the Plow program is a wonderful way for PennDOT and local communities to encourage and bring public awareness to safe driving on our roadways.
Schools that participate were asked to produce original artwork for a PennDOT plow that will be used to maintain state-owned roadways in their respective county.
Students this year were tasked with designing and creating original artwork on a snow plow using the year's designated theme: "Don’t Rush in Ice and Slush" .
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