Win Great Prizes!
The 2009-2010 Metra Safety
Campaign Officially Kicks-Off!
Metra is proud to announce its Fourth Annual
Metra Safety Poster Contest and this year's theme is "Make
the Right Choice: Look, Listen and Live." The Safety Poster
Contest is a key component of Metra's public safety campaign
to promote safe behaviors near trains and railroad tracks to
students, K-12, in Northeastern Illinois.
The following prizes will be awarded to one first-, second- and
third-place winner in each grade, K-12.
First Place: Notebook Computer
Second Place: $250 Cash Card
Third Place: $100 Cash Card
recognize the school who submits the most entries in the Metra Safety
Poster Contest by awarding it a new computer for the school, so
Teachers, get your students involved today!
Not an artist? Enter the Second Annual Metra Safety Essay
Contest by explaining in 300 words or less how you "Make
the Right Choice" to be safe around trains and railroad tracks and
what others can do to also make the right choice to be safe. One
first-place winner from each grade group - elementary school, middle
school and high school - will be chosen and awarded a Notebook
Submit your entry today. The deadline for both contests is March 1, 2010. For all
contest rules and guidelines, visit the contest Web site at www.metracontest.com. Best of luck!
NEW Teachers Section
Parents and Teachers, visit the Metra contest Web site's
Teachers Section where in addition to
quizzes, coloring pages, and bulletin board displays, you will find NEW
materials to support railroad safety lessons such as:
- Including a Word Jumble, Word Search, Crossword Puzzle and Maze
- Including railroad safety rules and facts designed for parents and
driver education instructors, and much more!
Artist of the Month
This month's featured artist is Anna Lipkind from Northbrook, IL. Anna was the fourth grade
second-place winner in the Third Annual Metra Safety Poster Contest. We
think Anna's design creatively illustrates why its
always smart to stand behind the yellow line while waiting for the
train. For her winning design, Anna was awarded a $250 Cash Card!
Congratulations once again, Anna!
Teacher of the Month
Each month Metra recognizes a teacher who goes above and
beyond to promote railroad safety to their students. This month, Metra
is proud to recognize Wendy Gus, Art Teacher from Cary-Grove High School. Wendy has been instrumental in
encouraging her students to participate in the Metra Safety Campaign
and its contests and, as a result, twelve Cary-Grove students have been
Metra Safety Contest winners! Thank you Wendy, for making railroad
safety a part of your lesson plans and for helping to keep our children
Featured Safety Partner
Operation Lifesaver - A Metra Safety Partner
The Metra Safety Campaign is pleased to partner with organizations,
like Metra, who make safety its number one priority. This month's
Featured Safety Partner, Operation Lifesaver, is a non-profit public
information program dedicated to reducing collisions, injuries and
fatalities at highway-rail crossings. Just last year, Operation
Lifesaver provided free railroad presentations to nearly 1.3 million
people. For more information or to sign up for an Operation Lifesaver
presentation, visit www.oli.org.
As of August 2009, Illinois is showing a
28.6% reduction in fatal collisions and a 35.5% reduction in all
collisions for the same time frame in 2008. Illinois is on track
to have its "safest" year ever. Source
Operation Lifesaver Illinois.
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