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Number of Days Left to Submit Your 2009-2010 Metra Safety Contest Entry

Deadline:  March 1, 2010




Safety Tip
Did you know one in five people do not know the meaning of the crossbuck sign, one of the most recognized railroad safety symbols? (Hint: slow down, Look and Listen)

The crossbuck sign alerts pedestrians and drivers of railroad tracks and displays the number of tracks at the crossing. To learn more about all of the railroad safety signs and signals, visit the Metra contest Web site's Teachers Section and click on the Railroad Safety Signs and Signals link.



DId You Know?
The Metra Contest Web site is also in Spanish, visit and click on the "Español" tab to find the Spanish versions of our contest rules, guidelines and Teachers Section materials.


News and Announcements
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
Metra will 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 Computer.
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 Best of luck!




NEW Teachers Section Materials

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
Fact Sheets
- 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 safe.




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

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.  ·  (312) 755-3566  ·



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