SCRPA POSTER CONTEST ARCHIVES
Fullerton students earn citywide prizes in 2011 Railroad Safety Poster Contest
AWARDS PRESENTATION: (from left / back) Fullerton School District Superintendent Mitch Hovey, Fullerton Rotary Club's Jim Williams, Emerson Little, Brandon Rho, June Woo Lee, board President Lynn Thornby; (front) Megan Cassaday, Monica Yoo and Lucia Kim. Photo by Terry Galvin
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An awards presentation during the May 24 Fullerton School District board meeting honored six Fullerton students chosen as the citywide winners in this year’s Railroad Safety Poster Contest.
The 13th annual competition was sponsored by the Southern California Railway Plaza Association, Amtrak®, Coast Rail Services and Fullerton Rotary Club in an effort to make children in the area aware of the hazards associated with moving trains and the potential for serious injury in being around rail crossings and train tracks. More than 120 trains a day zip across the city near several schools and playgrounds, and youngsters often have to cross the tracks to get to class.
Nearly 11,000 Fullerton elementary students were offered an opportunity to participate and choose a theme to depict on their posters. New this year, the schools were invited to arrange free rail safety presentations by the nonprofit Operation Lifesaver organization.
Our judges selected the six citywide winning posters from about 70 school-level winners submitted by 15 elementary campuses. The students’ posters were judged in two categories by grade level: kindergartners through third-graders and fourth- through sixth-graders.
Here are the top winners in the two divisions:
Place Student’s name School/grade Theme
1st Megan Casaday Fern Drive/second “Stay Alive, Stay off the Tracks”
2nd Monica Yoo Laguna Road/second “Don’t Mess with Trains”
3rd Lucia Kim Sunset Lane/third “Stay off the Tracks”
1st June Woo Lee Fern Drive/fifth “Stop, Look, Listen”
2nd Emerson Little Golden Hill/sixth “Don’t Mess with Trains”
3rd Brandon Rho Acacia/sixth “Don’t Play Games with Trains”
Amtrak again presented four round-trip tickets for the winners’ families to their choice destination of San Diego or Santa Barbara. In addition, they received cash prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place.
Posters created by all winners from the 15 schools are on display for the month of May in the Fullerton Main Library Children’s Room. Railway association poster Chairman Donna Johnson organized this year’s competition, working with Lauralyn Eschner, Visual and Performing Arts coordinator for the Fullerton School District, and Children’s Librarian Janine Jacobs.
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