Entries being accepted for kids' art contest

By Land Line staff | 12/8/2015

Entries are being accepted for an annual children’s art contest that promotes truck drivers to wear their seat belts.

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” runs through March 1, 2016.

Children in kindergarten through the sixth grade (ages 5-12) who have a relative who works in the bus or truck industries or who are sponsored by an organization in these industries are eligible. The contest focuses on urging truck, bus and all drivers to buckle up to save lives and reduce injuries. The winning artwork will best illustrate the importance of commercial motor vehicle drivers buckling up with the message “Safety Belts Save Lives.”

The contest is divided into categories for kindergarten through second grade and third through sixth grades as of Sept. 1, 2016. Contest results will be decided by April 1, 2016.

The CMV Safety Belt Partnership will award one grand prize and five additional awards for each category. Grand prize winners will receive a cash prize and a framed copy of their artwork. All winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters and a program at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. All awardees will also receive a certificate of appreciation, and their artwork will be featured in a 2017 calendar.

Only one entry is allowed per child. The artwork, which can be a painting, drawing, collage or other two-dimensional creation no larger than 11-by-17 inches, must be 100 percent produced by the child. For contact purposes, students must include their name, address, phone number, school and grade on the back of the artwork.

For more information on the contest and to obtain an entry form, go to fmcsa.dot.gov/safetybelt.

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