Two District 96 students are among 16 first-place winners for their Metra Train Safety Poster designs. Judges selected their entries from among more than 2000 students' submissions from six counties.
Said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno, "Distractions and not being aware of our surroundings can have serious consequences, especially near railroad tracks. These talented students used their creativity to help reinforce this safety message–not just with their peers, but with everyone in the region who interacts with the railroad, either as a customer or a motorist."
On June 27, Twin Groves 7th-grader Karen Ga-Eun Lee and Prairie 4th grader Alina Qian were presented with plaques and iPads at the monthly Metra directors' meeting.
In addition, Alina accepted the People's Choice Award–as designer of the poster (pictured left) that received more than 1500 online votes for favorite artwork.
Metra reports that the important safety message the artists conveyed in their work will continue to be visible as a public reminder–featured in Metra's 2018 Safety Calendar, on weekend tickets, and in social media.