DHS painted plow earns honorable mention

Dunmore High School’s Paint the Plow entry in a recent contest sponsored by PennDOT featured a Bucks theme. The design earned an honorable mention in the competition.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is pleased to announce the District 4 winners of the Paint the Plow safety outreach contest. 

North Pocono High School won the “Fan Favorite” award, which was determined by online voting through www.penndot.pa.gov. Dunmore High School was the honorable mention.

Members of the public were invited to vote in January  for their favorite plow from 13 area high schools that entered this year’s regional contest. North Pocono High School received 928 of votes to win the 2022 “Fan Favorite” honor.

The winner of the “Judges’ Pick” award was Carbondale Area High School. Dunmore High School was also the honorable mention in the “Judges’ Pick” category, which was determined through judging by PennDOT representatives. 

Dunmore High School students who participated in Penn DOT’s recent Paint the Plow contest are, from left: art teacher Cristin Hogan, Tommy Pavlowski, Adeline Toole, Kaylee Pinto, and Kristine Fagioli. Dunmore earned an honorable mention in the contest.

During the winter weather season, the blades painted by Abington Heights High School, Carbondale Area High School, Delaware Valley High School, Dunmore High School, Hazleton High School, Montrose High School, Mountain View Junior Senior High School, North Pocono High School, Northwest Area High School, Riverside Junior Senior High School, Scranton High School, Susquehanna Community Junior Senior High School and West Scranton High School students, will be used to maintain state-owned roadways in six counties in PennDOT District 4.

Paint the Plow is a collaborative effort between PennDOT and area high schools aimed at promoting winter driving safety and fostering an appreciation for student art programs and creativity. Students are invited to paint a plow blade with an original design based on a provided theme. 

The 2022 statewide theme is “Put Down the Device in Snow and Ice,” which was chosen to draw attention to the need for motorists to give driving their full attention and eliminate distractions, like cell phones, especially during winter weather events.

 For more information on PennDOT’s winter preparations and additional winter-driving resources for motorists, visit the department’s winter website.

PennDOT Inviting Students to Paint a Plow

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is inviting high school students in the northeast region to participate in the annual Paint the Plow art outreach.

The program challenges youth to take a predetermined theme and incorporate it into an original mural that they paint on one of PennDOT’s snow plow blades to promote winter driving safety and foster appreciation for school art programs and student creativity. The 2022 theme, “Put Down the Device in Snow and Ice,” was chosen to draw attention to the need for motorists to give themselves ample time for travel during wintry weather in order to arrive safely to their destination. 

Paint the Plow was piloted in Cambria County in 2015 and later expanded to several surrounding counties and across the state. In the northeast region last year, students in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties participated. 

Students in public and private schools are eligible to participate, though school officials must make the arrangements. Plow delivery and pick up dates vary by county. The program categories may be modified based on participation numbers.

Additional information on the program, including the guidelines for participation, can be found online at www.penndot.pa.gov or may be obtained by Jessica Ruddy at jeruddy@Pa.gov or 570.963.4044.

PennDOT cannot provide financial support for supplies or travel expenses connected with this program but does make every effort to publicize the contributions of the schools and the students. This will include, but is not limited to, social media postings, postings on the PennDOT website, media press releases and public displays at a local PennDOT facility. 

“Paint the Plow” Winners Recognized

Paint the Plow

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) honored the District 4 winners of the “Paint the Plow” safety outreach contest which promotes winter driving safety and fosters appreciation for high school art programs and student creativity.

Dunmore High School won the “Fan Favorite” award, which was determined by online voting at www.penndot.gov.

The plows all incorporated the message “Don’t Rush in Ice and Slush” on the blades. Winners of the “Judges’ Pick” were awarded to Dunmore High School, Pittston Area High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, and Blue Ridge High School. The “Judges’ Pick,” were determined by PennDOT representatives.

Dunmore High School participants included, from left:  Anna Talutto, junior; James May, PennDOT District 4 Press Director; Maria Micciche, senior; Mrs. Cristin Hogan, art teacher; Michael Taluto, PennDOT District 4 Safety Press Officer; Briana Catanzaro, senior; Joseph Novak, PennDOT District 4 Lackawanna County Maintenance; Erica Brown and Angelina Bellucci, both seniors.