September 7, 2015
RAILWAY PLAZA ASSOCIATION
"An Educational Journey into the History of Railroads in Southern California"
Contest Winners of 2009 Railroad Safety Poster Contest: (left to right)Andrea Chapero, Andrew Kim, Connor Nash, Joon Woo, Emily Ong, William Chwa, . Photo by Terry Galvin.
The 11th annual contest was sponsored by the Southern California Railway Plaza Association, Amtrak and the Fullerton Rotary Club in an effort to familiarize children in Fullerton with the need to be aware of the hazards associated with moving trains and the potential for serious injury in being around rail crossings and train tracks.
Nearly 12,000 Fullerton elementary students were offered an opportunity to participate. Poster themes included: Don't Mess with Trains! Never Stop on the Tracks! and Don't Try to Race a Train Across - You'll Lose! Our judges selected six citywide winners from nearly 80 school-level winners submitted by 15 elementary campuses. The students' posters were judged in two categories: kindergartners through third-graders and fourth- through sixth-graders.
Here are the top winners:
|1st||Andrea Chapero||Valencia Park/third||Haiker|
The Southern California Railway Plaza Association awarded cash prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. Amtrak again presented four round-trip tickets for the winners' families to their choice destination of San Diego or Santa Barbara. And the Fullerton Rotary Club donated $500 toward the contest.
Posters created by all winners from the 15 schools are on display for the month of May in the Fullerton Main Library's Children's Room.
SCRPA poster co-chairmen Stan Swanson and Sharon Frazier organized this year's competition, working with Lauralyn Eschner, Visual and Performing Arts coordinator for the Fullerton School District.
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